The Hoffman crew is still hard at work on Discovery’s Gold Rush, but veteran miner Dave Turin isn’t among them. After six seasons, Dave abruptly exited the show in March — after his conflict with Trey Poulson escalated to a bare-knuckle fistfight peppered with expletives at the end of Season 7.

The week after that altercation aired, Dave announced his resignation as the miners reflected on the drama in the season recap special. Then he thanked fans in a heartfelt Facebook post.

“I want to take the time to say thank you to all you true fans, especially those that have written me with encouraging, kind words,” he said. “It’s definitely not how I had expected my run with Gold Rush to end, but it is clear to me that it is time to move on. I have some new opportunities, so you just might see me in the future — God willing. Keep the positive posts coming my way; they really mean a lot to me. God bless you and yours, Dozer Dave.”

He offered a few more details in his replies to comments on the same post, writing, “No amount of money or gold is worth working with a disrespectful crew member. Time for me to move on and put this behind me … Can’t work with someone that uses his fist rather than words. It’s time for me to move on.”

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So what does the future look like for this 58-year-old? One commenter suggested consulting as a new career. “I’ve thought of that,” Dave allowed. “Considering all my options. I want to keep doing what I love – and that involves leading men, which could mean being a consultant. We’ll see!”

Lately, though, it seems like Dave is on a whole new trajectory. He excitedly debuted his beloved service truck, a customized Ford F550, in a Vegas trade show just this week. Glad to see he’s in a golden mood again!