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Sunday, November 18, 2018



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Local land dedicated to deer, skeet and exotic flare

Local land dedicated to deer, skeet and exotic flare

Have you ever driven down La. Highway 308 and seen that zebra that lives in northern Larose? Or what about that clumsy camel or those beautiful exotic deer? They’re beautiful and they roam Larose’s plains with pride, sometimes easily able to be seen with the naked eye when passing down the road.

Yes, we’re being serious! We promise that’s not a type-o. They’re actually there!

They’re all part of Arceneaux Whitetails, which is spread among a massive 900-acre plot of land that’s above the Intracoastal Canal in North Larose on land that’s blocked off by a sturdy tall black picket fence.

The idea for the project was a place to house the deer, which roam around by the dozen and can be seen feeding throughout the day. But land owner and the project’s innovator Bryan Arceneaux said the Whitetails Ranch also aims to nourish and preserve Louisiana’s rich culture and all every action taken when designing the Louisiana wonderland had the outdoors in mind.

“We’ve spent a lot of time on this place,” said Bryan, who spearheaded the project with his wife Sammy and other family members. “I love the outdoors. I love the trees. I wanted to protect our culture. We’ve planted so many trees here. And we’re going to plant even more. I love the Louisiana heritage and culture, and I wanted to make sure we protected that here as best we could.”

The place is a sight to see.

Arceneaux Whitetails has several intricacies that are pleasing to anyone who’s a lover of the outdoors. The deer are plentiful and there area several different exotic species of the animals roaming the land, some from Africa and other places around the globe.

Arceneaux said he buys the bucks from vendors around the country. Some are wild, but others are tamer and human friendly. When passing on LA Hwy. 308, they’re often seen at night sleeping under the massive lights staked periodically throughout the facility.

The local businessman said the desire to have the deer in Larose stemmed from his family’s love for the outdoors. Arceneaux started with just one small plot of land in Northern Larose five years ago and slowly worked deals with countless sellers to buy the entire 900 acres.

The facility features a treatment center where Arceneaux and others can station the deer and treat them when they are sick or injured, before releasing them back into the wild.

“It’s so beautiful back here,” Arceneaux said. “My family has always loved the outdoors, but we never envisioned we’d be able to do this. We needed a lot of things to happen to get all of the land needed. It was kind of crazy how it all fell into place, but since then, we’ve worked so hard. It’s been a challenge. It’s almost hard to believe that we’ve done as much as we have so far.”

In addition to the deer, the lands also house a camel, a llama, a couple zebra and other exotic animals.

The space features several stocked ponds and lazy rivers, as well as a relaxation lodge/cabin that has an outdoor stereo system, an outdoor kitchen and a cozy living space.

“This is where I can come when I have some things going on,” Arceneaux said. “It lets me run away and hide for a little while and get away from the things that might be bad.”

Almost all of the facility’s amenities are private with just friends and family of the Arceneauxs getting access on an invitation-only basis. But one wing of the land will soon be public, as well.

Tucked away on one corner of the property is a state of the art skeet shooting range, which can hold a huge number of shooters at a time, allowing marksmen to shoot at various angles and levels.

The shoot has been opened to the public a few times for various tournaments, including one last year by South Lafourche.

In 2016, the facility is also open for public shooting; something that Arceneaux said he hopes will spark big-time tournaments and fundraisings.

“It’d be nice if we could have events that raise money for the community. That’s what we’d want,” he said. “We have the space, and it’s a beautiful set-up. We’d love to see some big events come through here.”