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Daeyoo Land, shooting, rifles, pistols, Jeju, South Korea

20 June 2008 No Comment

Daeyoo Land Like any true child of the 80s, I know how to shoot – courtesy of the formerly modern technology known as Nintendo and my father, a card-carrying member of the NRA. No daughter of his was ever going to be allowed to stand in front of the TV, rifle cocked. Instead, it was mandated that both my sister and I stand as far away as possible, cord stretched to its limits, with our gun arms fully extended, the target in line with the scope. Other families with elementary-aged children had rules – don’t play with matches, don’t stick fingers in a socket, don’t circumvent the safety precautions of childproof scissors. Our family had only one rule – shoot properly at Duck Hunt. Our family had the only pint-sized electronic sharp shooters in the school system… and the only recorded tongue injury made with childproof scissors.

I always imagined real shooting would be quite similar to Duck Hunt – erect posture, single arm extended, target in sight. I finally had a chance to test that postulate at the Daeyoo Hunting & Shooting Club, a slightly misnamed place, for it is not a “club” in the traditional sense. There is no enrollment, no monthly dues, and no benefits. No members. Not even lessons for those interested.

It does, however, have guns – rifles, pistols, and guns for clay shooting. Guns for an NRA-toter’s daughter.

Which gun to choose?

For those of you uninitiated into basic gun-ology, clay shooting weapons are used to practice on flying objects, rifles are used to practice hunting, and pistols are used for predators of the homosapien variety.

Their weapons come in more than one size. Daeyoo only offers 16 caliber rifles, but their pistols are available in .22, .38, and .45 caliber, as well as 9 millimeter. The millimeters refer to the size of bullet. A higher millimeter bullet does not necessarily mean more power, for power is determined by gun powder alone. However, a larger millimeter bullet will have more penetrating power, whereas a smaller millimeter bullet will travel farther.

Both will recoil – a fact for which Duck Hunt left me soundly unprepared. I took aim like I was taught, fired, and nearly knocked my jaw out! Worse, it appeared my shot had bounded over the target. With each successive bullet, I tried to correct for the recoil by aiming successively lower. When I got my target sheet back, the results of my attempts were clear – one hole was almost directly in the bullseye. It was then followed by many holes, each one successively lower, with the last one being almost off the paper. Perhaps I shouldn’t have doubted the educational value of Duck Hunt. Perhaps I should have remembered that the recoil happens after the bullet has left the barrel. Oops.

Pricing and Getting There

At 30,000 won for a 12-bullet round in either a pistol or a rifle and 35,000 won for a 20-bullet round of clay shooting, shooting doesn’t come cheap at Daeyoo Land. Nor is the place easy to reach, being slightly off the beaten track. But if you have any remnant Duck Hunt fantasies, it’s certainly the only place to go. As for other activities, it offers actual hunting trips, as well as ATV rides. For more information on any activities, just call their number at 738-0500. Korean only.

How to get there:
By bus: Take a bus to the Jungmun Sightseeing Complex, then either take a shuttle bus or taxi to Daeyoo Land. For the shuttle bus schedule, call 064-738-0500. Korean only.

By personal vehicle: Coming from Jeju-si, follow the 1135 until it branches into the 1116. Make a left on the 1116 and then follow the signs. Warning: the 1116 meets up with the 1135 twice, once early in the journey from Jeju-si and once later on. If you see signs for the 1116 early in the trip (before you reach the Jeju City Race Track), do NOT turn onto it. It would not be a short-cut. If coming from Seogwipo, just follow signs on the 1136.

Business hours are 9-6:30 March through October, and 9-5:30 November through February. It is open 7 days a week.

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