Things You Don’t Know About Tom McMillan

If you're a fan of Tom McMillan and his great whitetail hunting programming on Sportsman Channel, you might think you know him pretty well, but then again, as these answers prove, maybe not

By: Lynn Burkhead

Things You Don't Know About Tom McMillan

Tom McMillan of “MCMILLAN” TV show on Sportsman Channel. (Photo courtesy of

When you live your life – or a good portion of it, anyway – in front of television cameras as Tom McMillan and his family does, it’s often easy for fans to think that they’ve got someone figured out just a little bit.

I know that I sometimes do, getting to meet, greet, and work with many of the best of the best on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and World Fishing Network each year.

But as a question-and-answer session with McMillan, the Kansas-based #DeerWeek co-host seems to prove, sometimes, there’s more to a person than what is captured by the all-seeing television eye.

Or an interviewer’s voice recorder for that matter.

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek sample of what viewers might or might not know about Tom McMillan, the popular deer hunter and TV hunting show host who is playing sidekick to Michael Waddell for #DeerWeek:

“What are some things that a lot of people don’t know about Tom McMillan?,” queried Tom. “Well, at times, I consider myself an artist. I went to college on an art and a rodeo scholarship, if that’s possible.”

A deer hunting Picasso. Ok, what else?

“I hate carrots, hate ’em,” said McMillan. “And my biggest fear is to go to Walmart.”

Is that going to Walmart with or without your Deer Week co-host Michael Waddell and his Bone Collector sidekicks Travis “T-Bone” Turner and Nick Mundt?

“I very seldom sleep, very seldom,” said McMillan with just a hint of a yaw. “I want to sleep, I just don’t.”

Yeah, we’ve heard that someone in the Bone Collector crew can really saw a few logs in hunting camp – you’ve got to be careful about the friends that you keep Tom!

And speaking of friends…

“Another thing that hardly anybody knows about me, at the age of four and five, I had an imaginary friend that turned out to be a real person that had died 30 years prior,” smiled McMillan. “So that’s weird…but the truth.”

Next, McMillan turned his attention to one of the hunting industry’s most interesting resumes.

“I used to make my living as a mortician,” he said. “And a carpenter (too). And I used to shoe horses fulltime. Trained and roped horses (too). (And) I make a portion of my living selling recreational real estate and guiding and outfitting (hunters) too. And now, talking to the TV cameras…sometimes.”

As one of the industry’s most humorous people – especially when he and Waddell get together – one thing that people might not know about McMillan is that he’s not just a comedian in a deer hunting get-up, he’s also pretty handy with numbers.

“I’ve got a really good memory when it comes to numbers,” he admitted. “It wasn’t until just a couple, two or three years ago that I really started saving phone numbers in my phone. Every phone number that I’d (ever) had, I had memorized.

“And I don’t know if it’s a skill or just a weird thing or not, but I can remember numbers like what I’ve paid for things 30 years ago, and what other people have paid for things,” he added.

“Is that a gift or a curse? I’m not sure.”

We don’t know, but the guess here is that there is a Waddyism or two in that!

“The last thing that probably a lot of people don’t know about me is that my biggest pet peeve is when someone asks you a question and they interrupt you during your answer,” said McMillan with a bit of a gleam in his eye. “That really pisses me off.”

Ummm Tom, sounds like Waddy has been holding court in your Kansas deer hunting camp again!

“If you don’t want to hear the answer, don’t ask,” said McMillan. “You’re wasting my time – I’ll try to answer your question if I can but don’t interrupt me while I’m giving my answer.”

Wow, I guess Michael really hit a nerve, huh?

“Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s still my answer, what you asked for,” he said with a smile. “Let people finish.”

Speaking of finishing, anything else?

“Nope, that’s all I’ve got,” laughed McMillan. “I tried to be transparent.”

True enough. Now if you don’t mind Tom, I’ve got to run by Wally World. Care to come along?