Fred Hurt (better known as "Dakota" Fred) is a veteran gold miner from Minot, North Dakota,
During the off-season, Fred hatched a plan to mine Porcupine Creek himself, without the group. Just as season 2 began, Fred bought the Porcupine Creek lease from Earle, and kicked the Hoffman Group out( their lease ran out due to a missed payment). He owns it with Paul Behn and works with him and his son Dustin Hurt.
Before season 5, Dakota Fred pulled his crew out of Gold Rush, and pursued his own TV show, 'All That Glitters'.