Green Bay Packers Hit the Clays Range

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews takes aim while clay shooting this week. The excursion was a team-building exercise.

Clay Matthews and the rest of the 90-man roster of the Green Bay Packers shouldered shotguns at a clays range this week as part of a minicamp team-building exercise at Little Creek Lodge, about 15 miles north of Lambeau Field, according to this story from Fox Sports.

It's an example of coach Mike McCarthy's annual tradition of foregoing one of the team's few offseason practices in favor of putting players in situations that encourage camaraderie, like blasting some clays.

In the past, they've gone skeet shooting, played dodgeball, and hit the lanes for some bowling.

"Because to me, people win, people lose," McCarthy told Fox Sports. "The opportunity that our players will have, they'll be in groups of four, maybe five, and there'll be guys that ride in a cart with Aaron Rodgers or with someone they've never really had a conversation with."

The carts he's talking about are golf carts that the players drove to different shooting stations.

Shooting isn't just a good team-building exercise for, well, actual teams, but useful for all kinds of groups. Granite State Indoor Range and Gun Shop in New Hampshire offers specials for corporate team building excisions, as do many others.

From their site:

"Our exercises demonstrate teamwork, strategy, planning, and responsibility in a unique setting. If you haven't considered a day at the range as a way to bring your team together for an exciting and instructional experience most people only dream about, let our staff help you realize an opportunity that participants will be talking about for days and weeks after. "

A lot of locations, especially in Europe, offer laser clay shooting as an activity. It's a system that allows shooters to register hits on clays, without ammo, using clays outfitted with sensors and a laser emitted from a modified shotgun.

You can check out a short photo gallery from Fox Sports, of the Packers at the clays range below:

photo from Fox Sports.com.
photo from Fox Sports.com.
photo from Fox Sports.com.
photo from Fox Sports.com.