" "Sportsman's Box," a monthly subscription service that delivers pre-selected, pre-tested hunting and fishing gear and supplies."
"Two hunting buddies in the Triangle have launched "Sportsman's Box," a monthly subscription service that delivers pre-selected, pre-tested hunting and fishing gear and supplies.
Adam Whitehead and Will Kornegay, who both grew up in Eastern North Carolina, met on a waterfowl hunt last winter and decided to create an online subscription service for sporting enthusiasts.
Each box contains three or more items "field-tested" by the owners, which may include apparel, tools, tackle, gear and even food. Customers sign up for one month ($39), three months ($37.50/month) or six months ($35/month). The concept is that sportsmen will either sign up for the boxes to avoid having to test and shop for useful gear, or that family members will order the boxes as gifts.
Whitehead grew up in Scotland Neck and earned a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from East Carolina University. Kornegay grew up in Rocky Mount and earned a bachelor's degree in business management from N.C. State University."
"Their company, Sportsman’s Box, is a service that delivers subscribers a monthly box of hunting and fishing gear, grub and apparel, sort of a care package for the outdoorsman."
Will Kornegay is one of those guys who finds opportunity everywhere he looks — sometimes in surprising places.
The 29-year-old entrepreneur got the idea for his latest companies while hunting ducks last fall in eastern North Carolina with Adam Whitehead, a friend of a friend.
“(Adam) had an idea for a business and was looking for someone to help with the marketing and implementing,” says Kornegay, who graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing. “We became friends and decided to start the company.”
Their company, Sportsman’s Box, is a service that delivers subscribers a monthly box of hunting and fishing gear, grub and apparel, sort of a care package for the outdoorsman. The first boxes are scheduled to ship July 10.
The contents of each box are pre-tested in the field by Kornegay and Whitehead. A video, “What’s in the Box?”, on their website gives a light-hearted look at what subscribers might expect.
The idea is to introduce subscribers to new and useful products, from compasses to fishing tackle, insect repellent, waterproof gloves and more. The company offers one-, three- and six-month subscriptions and a money-back guarantee if a customer is not satisfied after receiving the first box. A variety of upgrades, including a sneak peek at what’s in the box and the option to “skip it or ship it,” are also available.
Kornegay and Whitehead are confident that busy sportsmen will take the bait and let a pair of experienced hunters and fishermen check out the latest gear and deliver it to their door. “In college, I had plenty of time to hunt and fish and spend time online searching for the newest gear,” Kornegay says. “But life gets very busy when you’ve got a full-time job.”
Following his graduation from NC State, Kornegay spent two years with a Cary company, trading energy on the spot market. Then he decided to put his passion for agriculture to work. He now works full time as sales manager at Ham Farms Inc., in Snow Hill, N.C., a leading producer of sweet potatoes, onions and cabbage.
Last year, Kornegay also started AGrow Life, an online site where agricultural pros can network, monitor commodities trading, check the weather and shop for a branded line of apparel, including work gloves, sweatshirts and caps.
The clothing line has done so well, Kornegay says, that he plans to parlay it into another venture that is scheduled to go live in July. The new site will sell a variety of apparel lines, including T-shirts emblazoned with Kornegay’s original photos.
Eventually, Kornegay and Whitehead hope to turn Sportsman’s Box into a full e-commerce store where subscribers will get first access to new products and free shipping.
"When it comes to buying hunting and fishing gear, it can be hard to determine which brands to trust."
When it comes to buying hunting and fishing gear, it can be hard to determine which brands to trust. Fortunately, two North Carolina sportsmen are hoping to shed light on the situation. In April, Adam Whitehead and Will Kornegay launched The Sportsman’s Box, which ships hunting and fishing products right to outdoorsmen's doorsteps.
Each month, Whitehead, Kornegay, and contributor Courtney Smith test hunting and fishing gear, apparel, and food, and then send the best products to subscribers. Boxes can be individualized based on subscriber preferences, and tailored to upcoming hunting or fishing seasons.
“We want to be able to bring new products to sportsmen that they haven’t heard of or that will help them stay prepared throughout the season,” Kornegay said.
The first box was sent out on July 11. For $29 a month, basic members received a UST 5½-inch field saw; all-natural, gluten-free beef jerky from Field Trip; and LidsLash, an eyeglasses holder for hats. For $39 a month, premium members got those items plus a 16-ounce Nalgene water bottle and a 9-ounce can of Sawyer Permethrin. This month’s themed-upgrade—which costs an additional $20—was a Red Rock Rover Sling Pack. That’s more than $100 worth of products, which makes the $59 subscription fee, for a premium membership plus the upgrade, seem pretty reasonable.
Right now the company only ships to the contiguous U.S., but it hopes to expand service to Canada in the future, Whitehead said.
"The Sportsman's Box has everything the sportsman needs.
Sick of reading reviews and wondering aisles for the best gear? Sportsman's Box is here to help.
By signing up for a monthly subscription with Sportsman's Box you will receive everything you need for the field or stream including apparel, tackle, tools, food, and new gear.
You can expect quality and field-tested items that are at a higher value than what you even pay.
Now you can spend more time doing what you love (hunting and fishing) rather than shopping. You just have to wait a month for the next Sportsman's Box to arrive."