‘Buying the Bayou’ series makes debut

Photo provided by Discovery -- Duck Campbell, from left, Lathan Shivers and Flip Woodall are in search of a hunting camp in north Louisiana on the first episode of Destination America's 'Buying the Bayou.'
Photo provided by Discovery -- Duck Campbell, from left, Lathan Shivers and Flip Woodall are in search of a hunting camp in north Louisiana on the first episode of Destination America's 'Buying the Bayou.'

Destination America is heading south for its new series, “Buying the Bayou,” patterned after “Buying Alaska,” a show about what it takes to purchase a piece of the untamed north.

In the new series, buyers are looking for their dream escapes in much warmer locales — the waterways of Louisiana and Mississippi.

In the first episode, viewers will meet three alligator hunters from the West Monroe area who are looking for a hunting camp close to home. Lathan Shivers, Flip Woodall and Duck Campbell tour three places.

Will they stay in their $75,000 budget and choose the $59,900 “fixer-upper” in the Boeuf Wildlife Management Area near Columbia, or go for broke on the $125,000 listing that features a pier, boat ramp and shed?

The second episode has Slidell couple Bryan Fassbender and Stephanie Robichaux on the hunt for a weekend getaway that floats, specifically on the Pearl River.

The two clearly have different priorities for their second home. While Fassbender is looking for a place with a satellite hookup for football watching, outdoorsy Robichaux says running water is a plus.

With their $15,000, will they find the houseboat of their dreams?

“Buying the Bayou” debuts with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Destination America (cable Channel 102).