Ohio native Fred Zink founded Zink Calls in 2001. "I saw a demand - a want - for custom goose and duck calls among both field hunters and competitive callers," said Zink, himself a nationally-recognized goose caller. "That and I wanted very much to promote the sport of hunting within the ranks of our country's young people. We as outdoor manufacturers owe it to ourselves and the hunting community to do everything we can to recruit, educate, and encourage young outdoors people."
Zink's high-end calls and 24/7 DVD series present the ultimate from-the-field outdoor experiences designed for the hard-core hunter, the 'fowler who aspires for that next level in calling and hunting proficiency. "It's my wish," said Zink, "to help today's duck and goose caller be more successful afield, whether that success is translated into birds on the ground or memories to be cherished for a lifetime."
But Zink hasn't created his calling empire alone. "My wife, Dawn," said Zink, "oversees all of the operations of the business. She keeps us all focused, addresses the vital day-to-day aspects of the business, and ensures that Zink Calls always is headed in a positive direction."
With growth often comes physical expansion, and Zink Calls has been no exception. From humble 1,800 square foot beginnings in the town of Clayton, the company relocated to a new 10,000 square foot facility in Port Clinton during the Fall of 2006. Today, Zink Calls is staffed by 10 full-time employees, each specializing in a different aspect of the business including videography, photography, editing, call production and milling, and sales. Once focusing solely on waterfowl-related products, Zink Calls has recently entered both the predator (2008) and turkey (2009) hunting realms.
"This business - the whole of the outdoors - is all about constant innovation and improvement," said Zink. "We are traditionalists, but that doesn't mean we can't upgrade. It's our goal here at Zink Calls to bring outdoorsmen and women the New, the Now, and the 21st Century."