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The Most Pause-Worthy Moment On Dave Turin's Lost Mine

Dave "Dozer Dave" Turin has been a central figure of the Discovery "Gold Rush" universe since the show's debut season. He permanently joined the flagship series in Season 2 as the show chronicles the daily lives and work of modern-day gold miners. He is a star until Season 7, when a fight with Trey Poulson on the job led to him leaving the show. But he wasn't off Discovery for long — the network debuted the spin-off "Gold Rush: Dave Turin's Lost Mine" in 2019. This series follows Turin and his own crew as they explore abandoned mines in an attempt to find any gold left behind. 

Turin is a quarry expert and someone who's been honest about the stress a mining operation can have on workers. His fight with Poulson is a low moment, but the two miners seem to have learned from their mistakes and made amends. At the end of the day, it's just a job. Turin invests a lot into his business, but he's still made a pretty successful living off of real-life treasure hunting. 

The "Gold Rush" OG has had a few questionable moments in his time on TV, but one moment in "Gold Rush: Dave Turin's Lost Mine" has remained particularly confusing for fans.

The fence-cutting scene seems staged

Turin's questionable moment comes in Season 2, Episode 6 of "Gold Rush: Dave Turin's Lost Mine," called "Boundary Blowout," when his crew is kicked off of a property. They are digging on a cattle farm when Turin makes the call to cut a fence so that they can have access to an area with better gold. The property owner discovers that his cows have escaped as a result of the botched fence, and he's not very happy about it (via Discovery UK/YouTube). 

The scene has the right kind of tension that keeps viewers engaged with the stars. However, it's also an unusual moment that has led to a lot more questions than answers. In fact, some fans on Reddit believed the scene was nothing more than a ploy created by the producers. U/CutRyan wrote in the "Gold Rush" subreddit highlighting Turin's bad decision. Some fans were quick to respond in comments that the moment looked stage, as it was very dramatized. "I considered that 'cutting scene' was staged because the producers realized they would need to explain why the crew up and moved their whole operation with no notice and despite getting their best gold so far," u/well-that-was-fast wrote. 

U/original-ratio had a hard time believing any professional miner working on someone's land would make such a rookie mistake. "If this was for real, Turin's crew would first be out there herding the cattle back to the right side of the fence. Then they would have been repairing the fence to better than new condition," they wrote.