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Vernon Adkison from "Bering Sea Gold" stars in the Discovery Channel reality docu-series. He is the owner of the Wild Ranger, a 25‐foot Stiletto sailing catamaran converted into a dredge.

Mississippi native Vernon Adkison ("Bering Sea Gold"), a boat pilot for major cruise lines and oil tankers, put together The Wild Ranger over the 2010-11 winter with help from veteran dredgers including The Clark’s Zeke Tenhoff. Though he sunk $100,000 into its construction, Vern’s dredge spends its first season malfunctioning horribly. The Wild Ranger is a lesson in the abject difficulty of gold dredging in Nome: what can seem like a perfectly sound design often comes up short in the cruel world of Bering Sea gold mining.

Vernon has owned and operated boats on the Mississippi River for decades, and now he’s trying his hand at gold dredging. He’s invested $100,000 into The Wild Ranger, and he expects results. He’s a retired military man who gives orders and expects them to be followed through. Vernon wants to build up a stockpile of gold, betting that the price will keep surging upwards, as he sees hard economic times ahead.




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VERNON ADKISON (BERING SEA GOLD): FACTS

Where does Vernon Adkison live? Find out here.

Age: ∼70 years old
Hometown: Mississippi
Current Residence: Nome, AK





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