Bernalillo Pipefitter and Artist Stars on Premiere of Brotherhood Outdoors


Nashville, TN – Jake Lovato, a pipefitter, artist and avid sportsman from Bernalillo will star in a Texas Whitetail hunt in the premier episode of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s new TV show, Brotherhood Outdoors at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 30 on the Sportsman Channel.

Hosted by noted outdoorsman, Tom Ackerman, Brotherhood Outdoors puts American workers in the spotlight, giving them the opportunity to join Ackerman for a quality outfitted North American trip of their choosing or to act as his guide, taking him to their favorite hunting or fishing location.

Eager to join Ackerman for the South Texas-style pursuit, Lovato, a tri-athlete who regularly covers 15 to 20 miles a day on foot when hunting, was faced with the challenge of adjusting to hunting from a box blind instead of actively pursuing the whitetail.

“I have the patience of your average three and a half year old, and I was really antsy at first,” said Lovato. “But after awhile, it got interesting. I saw bobcats, javelina, wild pigs, raccoons and deer—lots of deer—stuff I wouldn’t have seen if I were out there trying to walk around.”

Nearly bagging a buck before the camera crew was fully set up, Lovato’s patience paid off as numerous chances to harvest and observe a plethora of deer, including a few sparing for rights to females, presented themselves throughout the trip.

In addition to the exhilarating hunt, viewers will also get an intimate glimpse into the life of Lovato, a blue-collar character with a passion for the great outdoors and a desire to make a difference in his community.

A UA Local 412 pipefitter by trade and an artist by inclination, Lovato recently donated one of his wildlife sculptures to raise $2,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project, and while out of work last year traveled to Haiti to help rebuild an orphanage, and construct a church in Mexico.

Tune in to the Sportsman Channel at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 30 to find out if Lovato will bag his first whitetail on this exciting premiere of Brotherhood Outdoors.

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