Using camera gear that was primitive by modern standards, and shooting mostly on super-slow Kodachrome film, Tink captured tens of thousands of turkey images. He filled notebook after notebook with slides, 20 to each page. He had pictures of turkeys strutting, turkeys gobbling, turkeys flapping their wings.
He could have sold any number of those images to outdoor magazines, but he didn't.
"I was retired, I didn't need the money, and I didn't want to keep records for the IRS," he said.
In 1971, Tink took a portfolio of his slides to the NWTF Convention in Richmond, Va. His work quickly drew a crowd.
"There must have been 50 people in there, all of them interrogating me as to how I managed to get those pictures," he recalled. "One man looked at the slides and said, 'You have a million dollars there!'"
Instead of selling his images, Tink donated them to the NWTF for use in its Turkey Call magazine, in greeting cards and in other promotional materials.
"I decided that if the Turkey Federation or the DNR wanted to use some of the images to further their causes, they could have them," he said.
I learned of Tink's passing earlier this week from one of his close friends, DNR wildlife chief Curtis Taylor.
We agreed that Tink had lived the sort of life any outdoorsman would like to live. He worked close to nature, he stayed active well into his 90s and he left a legacy that should last for generations.
Rest in peace, Tink. We'll miss you.