St. Charles Parish is keeping up its reputation as a perfect rural shooting location for New Orleans area media production companies.
Last week, passersby on Highway 90 in Boutte may have seen a suspect-looking police car with generic stickers on it chasing after two truck fulls of men fleeing the parking lot of Outdoor Express.
The scene was part of an unnamed History Channel series rumored to focus on animal control specialists in Louisiana that is set to debut in January.
Outdoor Express is well known throughout the region for its focus on fishing and hunting accessories. The store has become a top spot for archers since it has one of the better bow and arrow collections in the metro region.
Jessica Waldrop, who has owned Outdoor Express for the past 10 years with her husband Kenny, said this was the first time her store had been used as a filming location.
“This is the first time we actually had them shooting. It was pretty cool. It was nice having the lights and seeing the behind the scenes of how much it takes just to do one scene,” she said.
The production company, based out of Kenner, picked the location because they were within close driving distance. So when the crew spent 13 hours filming for two days at Outdoor Express, using all Louisiana-based actors, they were able to get home earlier than if they had chosen a more rural location in the state.
“They said they’d like to stay and do shoots within an hour around, that way it is not a whole lot of travel expenses for them,” Waldrop said.
Waldrop said the producers scouted out the shop and then called telling them they wanted to shoot there and use it as a store owned by one of the show’s main characters.
“They are using the name of the shop in the show,” she said. “They couldn’t promise how much they would have about Outdoor Express, but that would be the name of (the store in the show). That way we didn’t have to take down the signs.”
In fact, Waldrop and her family will likely be in he background of some of the shots.
Because the show is linked to one of the characters, Waldrop said subsequent shoots may occur at the location, but it is still too early to tell if that will happen.
“They wrote out six episodes for the first year. We are supposed to be in the first two episodes and then if they pick it up for the second year we’ll of course have more episodes. They said they may even be back this year, it just depends,” she said.
Waldrop also said to keep an eye out for more activity because the show’s producers are looking to film scenes for the TV series at other locations across the parish.
“They also scoped out some other places they had asked me about in Bayou Gauche and Des Allemands,” she said.
Producers would not offer up details about the show’s plot.