Those who know me know I'm not much of an outdoorsman. I never really got into hunting and fishing and the like. But I do find plenty of things about the outdoors interesting. I think it's been interesting to see how the change in weather patterns in recent years can impact the populations of wildlife. One thing I think is very worthwhile when it comes to the Minnesota DNR is that it takes public feedback and turns it into policy. In many instances, changes in hunting and fishing regulations in the state are a direct result of ideas that were brought up at public input sessions. The DNR has sessions each year at various locations around the state, seeking feedback. This year, Windom will be the host site for one of those public forums. That forum will be held Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m., at the DNR Area Offices, located just east of Windom on County Road 26. The DNR is specifically looking for input regarding waterfowl hunting, but also has a few other topics it is soliciting input from the public on. There are three public forums scheduled statewide, with additional forums in the works. The forums are a chance for local hunters and anglers to make their voices heard when it comes to hunting and fishing policy. Make your voice count. Attend the meeting Monday night. Could have been bad As I sit here writing this on Monday, I can't help but feel a bit of relief. You see, last week at this time, all of the weather forecasters were predicting that Southwest Minnesota was going to be in the crosshairs of back-to-back major winter storms. The net result of the winter storms could have been snow measured in feet, not inches, with both storms - just in time for the playoffs to begin. So as I sit here Monday, I'm breathing easier. The storm that was supposed to hit last Thursday and Friday only gave the immediate area a glancing blow, with the worst of the snowfall coming well to the south. And the storm that was predicted for today is proving to wreak havoc in Oklahoma and Kansas, where they aren't exactly used to seeing snowfall by the foot. However, their snow will also melt a lot faster that it would down here. So, as the section tournaments are underway and even more state action begins this week, the region didn't have a lot of trouble with the traditional tournament blizzard. But, as we are all well aware of in these parts, winter and tournament season aren't over yet. I'd be very surprised if we didn't, at some point, have a significant state tournament snowstorm. If nothing else, the snow will give us a little more moisture, which should make things green up a little faster once the white stuff finally melts.