Owner, The Wild Ranger (Mobile, AL)
Vernon is the Machiavellian owner of the Wild Ranger. Over the past two seasons he has put his career as a ships pilot on hold while trying to make it big in the gold mining business. He is staunchly anti-government and believes in the tangible value of gold over federal currency. Vernon has leveraged his entire life’s savings on making his ever-expanding gold operation profitable. After having little luck this winter, Vernon bought access to a deep-water claim two miles off of Nome, and hopes to collect 200oz. this summer. Having experienced Nome’s unpredictable summer weather, he has a new plan to beat it: dredge off Sledge Island, an area supposedly rich with gold.