Earle Foster was the owner of a large chunk of land on Porcupine Creek. He passed away on April 23, 2013. Earle leased this land to mine for the Hoffman Group to use. However, to make sure that they stayed on track, he made Fred Hurt work with the Hoffmans. In the end of their first season, Foster was disappointed by the amount of gold they got. During "The Off-Season", Todd Hoffman was unable to pay a month on the Porcupine Creek Claim, and Fred bought the lease out from under them.