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Packers skip minicamp practice in favor of clay shooting

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We now know what the Packers did on their off day, as Mike McCarthy took the team back to a location they visitied a few years back.

The Packers' gunslinger was using a different kind of firearm today.
The Packers' gunslinger was using a different kind of firearm today.
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As has been the case over the past few years, the Green Bay Packers took a day off from their regularly scheduled minicamp in order to spend a day on a team-building exercise. This year, head coach Mike McCarthy went back to a location where he took his team three years ago, as the Packers went on a clay shooting trip in Little Suamico, Wisconsin.

Packers.com has the details here. The team last visited the Little Creek Lodge in the summer of 2012, which was also one of the first years of this day off tradition. As such, some of the longer-tenured veterans were familiar with the setup and the event. By APC's count, 23 of players on the 89-man roster were on the squad that year, so nearly 3/4 of the team was experiencing it for the first time.

However, that doesn't mean that all of the young players are inexperienced when it comes to handling firearms. For example, second-year wide receivers Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis both come from hunting families, with Abbrederis growing up in Wautoma, Wisconsin and Janis hailing from Tawas City, Michigan.

Check out the full story the day's events at Packers.com, which features quotes from Abbrederis, Andrew Quarless, John Kuhn, and others.

Note: no Matthewses were targeted during Wednesday's event.