‘Gold Rush’ Star Dustin Hurt Reveals Important Lessons He Learned Along the Way

by Courtney Blackann
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“Gold Rush: White Water” star Dustin Hurt is learning just what it means to be a leader in the gold mining game. When he was left in charge by his father, Fred Hurt, the miner had to step up and take the reigns of his crew. In a recent interview, the television star is sharing the important lessons he’s learned since stepping into that role.

The “Gold Rush” star has taken on a larger crew in addition to his father’s responsibilities as a leader. It’s taught him a great deal about running a crew. Additionally, he’s learned the tools he needs to be successful mining the rough terrain of Alaska and Washington.

“Everything was against us from the start,” he admitted. “I think Mother Nature really raged at us this year. …This is the first year we’ve tried to start in this much snow, and it just didn’t seem to want to go away,” he says. “I wish we could just sit back and accept that kind of stuff, but I’m not that kind of person,” he told PopCulture. “So we fully charged at [the weather], and it made it more difficult. But that’s part of why we do what we do up here.”

The miner goes on to say:

“Every single year I spend probably several weeks after the season to figure out what I could have done better,” he reflected. “There’s a lot of things I would have done differently and I will do differently. …It was a hell of a learning experience this year.” 

“Gold Rush” Star Channels Father in Leadership

And while Hurt is learning, the gold miner is also channeling his father. He looks to Fred Hurt’s experience to fall back on. The treasure hunter explained how his father’s experience has helped him in the process of running his own crew.

“Yeah, Fred didn’t want to run a crew this year,” Hurt said. “And it was a good benefit for me to have two groups out there. I think I made the right choice on that. We had some good people, and I don’t know how much I can tell you about that. But we did get some good people. And I think it worked out just fine, the way we made it happen.”

Further, Hurt says he understands that the show will portray him in a certain light – and that doesn’t bother him. While the “Gold Rush” star makes it a point to not watch the series, he’s still aware of the show’s effects.

“So I’m at a disadvantage, because I’ve never watched the show ever, and I don’t know that I ever will,” the Gold Rush star told the publication. “I don’t know what they show anyone because I don’t watch the show, but I can tell you when the camera’s around. I think they probably get 80, 90% of it, but it’s those clutch moments where things really go down. If they’re in transit or you know the cameras glitching or something of that nature. They can’t always follow us where we go because some of the places are just too dangerous for camera.”