Wildlife and Fisheries officials will speak at Press Club on Feb. 26

Secretary Jack Montoucet and other representatives from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will discuss their push for the first overall license fee hike in 15 years, aside from a 2014 increase for saltwater fishing licenses. The license increase will appear as a bill during the 2018 regular legislative session. LDWF, which relies on oil and gas revenues and federal funding, does not receive state general fund dollars.

Press Club meets on Mondays at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, which is located at 102 France St., in the East and West Baton Rouge Room. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $13 for members and $17 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.