This 3-day show is a celebration of the outdoors open to the public – a place where those who love and appreciate hunting, fishing and outdoor recreating can come together and pursue their passions in one place. There will be live product demos, giveaways, special events, and a family fun area with activities for children. Plus, Tom says that special appearances will be made from Outdoor Celebrities like himself, Michael Waddell, Brian “Pigman” Quaca, Pat & Nicole Reeve and other pros from Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network. Tickets can be purchased online at SCOutdoorFest.com or at the show itself, so be sure to check it out!
Then Tom will talk whitetails. He tells Jim and Trav that summer scouting and preparations started a month ago for him and they are crucial. In Kansas where he operates McMillan Outfitting, his guide business, Tom tells Jim and Trav that it is incredibly dry. So, part of his preseason prep has been putting out water tanks and hauling water. He’s also putting out minerals and filling feeders frequently getting everything ready, and bucks patterned, in preparation for his fall clients. Tom says that he wants to know what the bucks are doing, where they are doing it and when they are doing it, so he can better decide where to place stands and then vacate the area and let it calm down before the fall seasons open. When it comes to trail camera scouting, Tom says he doesn’t have his cameras running yet because he wants to minimize the amount of times he accesses the bedding area so as not to push deer out when checking cards or moving camera locations. Tom says that there is a time and place for a higher impact approach and conditioning the deer to your presence. However, exercising restraint and giving deer a sanctuary where you don’t intrude is important for making them feel more comfortable, confident and in turn, more patternable. Tom will also talk about patterning the deer in your area and highlights the possibility of food sources derailing those patterns at the beginning of the season. Tune in for a fun and informative talk with Tom McMillan and be sure to check out the brand-new season of “MCMILLAN” which is airing now on Sportsman Channel, Sundays at 10:30 pm ET.
Thanks for tuning in! - Trav