Savage Arms, Stevens firearms brand sold

Vista Outdoor Inc. has completed the sale of the legal entity operating its Savage Arms and Stevens firearms brands to a financial buyer for a total purchase price of $170 million, according to a company news release. The sale is part of Vista Outdoor’s previously announced transformation plan, which outlined the intent to reshape the company’s portfolio by cutting costs, consolidating leadership, paying down debt, and divesting certain brands, including both its eyewear brands and firearms brands, in order to pursue growth in product categories where the company believes it can be market leaders. As the company now looks forward, the focus is on ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories, hydration bottles and packs, outdoor cooking products, and cycling/ski helmets and accessories. “While it was a difficult decision to sell such an iconic brand, I remain confident that this was the correct choice to help Vista Outdoor grow in those categories where we can have leadership positions. Savage is a fantastic business, and it deserves to continue to evolve into other firearms categories,” said Chris Metz, Chief Executive Officer of Vista Outdoor, in the news release.

Hot as crickets!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that in 1897 Amos Dolbear, a scientist, noted that there was a correlation between the ambient temperature and the rate at which crickets chirp. Want to test Dolbear’s theory? Count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, then add 40 to get the temperature (in Fahrenheit). So if you hear 50 chirps in 14 seconds, add 40 to get an approximate temperature (50+40 = 90 degrees F). Learn more weather facts and lore at

Happy birthday Department of Natural Resources

Fifty years ago in July, Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel replaced the former Board of Natural Resources with a cabinet-level Department of Natural Resources. Maryland’s DNR manages more than a half-million acres of public land, including state parks, forests and wildlife management areas, and the Natural Resources Police.

Wood duck is featured on new Federal Duck Stamp

The 2019-2020 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the Federal Duck Stamp, features an image of a wood duck. Sales of the stamp support the National Wildlife Refuge System. Also, by buying a Duck Stamp you get free entry into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee. The wood duck featured on the stamp was painted by artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minnesota. To learn about purchasing options, visit In addition to the stamp, the images is available on T-shirts, calendars, mugs and blankets.

— Susan Guynn

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