New Business: Adventure Outdoors, Kokomo.

What began as a need to increase parking for employees and customers, has turned into another endeavor for JR Campbell.

For the past 30 years the local businessman has owned and operated Indiana Pest Control. Although the physical location was spacious enough to meet his needs, parking for customers and employees was limited. So in 2014 when another property hit the market directly across the street Campbell did what any upwardly mobile entrepreneur would do. He bought it.

“The lot also had a building on it which I didn’t want to see set empty,” Campbell explained. So being an independent thinker he embarked on another business venture with something that paralleled his personal interests and hobby. That’s when Adventure Outdoors was created.

Campbell is an avid hunter so it was only natural his new business began with selling outdoor products. He started with the marketing of Banks Blinds. These enclosed portable enclosures come in 10 different models and are preferred by big game hunters and photographers around the nation. They can either be placed at ground level or elevated, keeping those inside concealed and comfortable regardless of weather conditions. “After doing some research I found they were the best on the market and that there was no one selling them in central Indiana,” he said.

Before offering them at his new business Campbell travelled to Minnesota where the blinds were made. “I liked that they were built in the United States,” he explained. “Plus they are rotational molded and one piece which makes them exceptionally strong.”

Unlike some big box stores that may carry these types of blinds, Campbell offers an additional personal touch. “Not only will we deliver them but my employees and I will also help set them up if that’s what a customer prefers,” he added. “We have even taken one down a creek to place it where a hunter wanted it and that’s something you will not get from any chain store.”

Kokomo’s JR Campbell followed his passion with Adventure Outdoors. The business offers enclosed blinds and other products for hunting and outdoor photography.
Photo provided by Adventure Outdoors

Through the past four years the business has seen continual expansion both in customer base and products. Campbell now offers Shadow Hunter blinds as well and Tactacam video equipment. These cameras can be attached to shotguns, rifles and archery equipment allowing hunters to capture their hunting exploits.

Another product offered are Grizzly coolers. This line of “super coolers’ are regarded by many to be the best on the market at an affordable price, unlike other lines of high-tech coolers.

“Everything we carry is selected through our own personal use and experience,” said Campbell. “I wanted to carry what I think are the best.”

Since creating Adventure Outdoors Campbell has seen it grow with each passing year. “I have put a considerable amount of time researching everything we sell and we use all of our products,” he explained. “Plus I love talking with other hunters who share the same passion as me.”

In the future the local businessman hopes to add Poseidon battery chargers which allow outdoor minded people to charge electronic devices when away from electricity. “I believe conservation of our natural resources is something all hunters need to practice so I am also working on hosting a line of “Duck Huts” which are nesting boxes for waterfowl,” he continued.

With our deer seasons just around the corner now’s the time to be thinking about stands or blinds. So if you’re in the market for some new outdoor equipment or just want to talk hunting Adventure Outdoors is located at 151 Rainbow Drive in Kokomo. They can also be contacted at (765) 450-7008.

John Martino
Martino is a well-known outdoor writer throughout Indiana and has served as longtime outdoor columnist for the Kokomo Tribune newspaper. Martino has won numerous awards for both his writing and his service to youth, conservation and the community. He recently retired as Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the City of Kokomo and now works as Ivy Tech Executive Director for Facilities for the Kokomo region.

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