January 8, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Pilot Gold Inc. (PLG - TSX) (“Pilot Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that recent drilling returned high-grade oxide gold intercepts from the Kayali and Karaayi zones (collectively, the K2 trend) on the TV Tower property in western Turkey.

Highlights include: 

  •  0.80 grams/tonne gold (g/t Au) over 119.8 metres (m) in KRD-03 (Karaayi Zone), including

            o   2.00 g/t Au over 35.0 m

  • 1.96 g/t Au over 33.1 m in KYD-51(Kayali Zone), including

            o   3.42 g/t Au over 17.4 m

Drill holes KRD-03 and KYD-51 are located approximately three kilometres apart along the K2 trend, a four-kilometre-long, near-surface sheet of gold mineralization. KRD-03 yielded the highest-grade results ever returned for the Karaayi zone, with assay intervals up to 10.8 g/t Au. 

“2013 was a milestone year at K2,” said Matt Lennox-King, President and CEO, Pilot Gold. “Drilling and exploration work confirmed that the K2 gold system has a large mineralized footprint that can be mapped across a broad four-kilometre trend, containing structurally controlled zones of high-grade oxide gold.”

Hole KYD-51 is a step-out hole drilled at the east end of the Kayali zone. The mineralized zone was also encountered in holes near KYD-51 and remains open to the southeast. Previous indications of high-grade mineralization at Kayali include 15.9 g/t Au over 3.0 metres from surface in KYD-46R.

Geological mapping and soil and rock sampling are ongoing at Karaayi ahead of further definition and step-out drilling in 2014. 

For a comprehensive table of results related to gold mineralization at Kayali, please click: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/KayaliDrillResults1401.pdf

For a comprehensive table of results related to gold mineralization at Karaayi, please click: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/KaraayiDrillResults1401.pdf 

For a map highlighting drilling at K2, please click: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/K2Map1401.pdf

Pilot Gold drilled 3,586 metres in 17 holes at Kayali and 1,319 metres in five holes at Karaayi in 2013. All significant gold intervals from the 2013 drilling at K2 have been released. Copper intervals from K2 drill holes will be released separately. 

K2 geology:

K2 is an oxidized, high sulphidation epithermal gold system. Oxide gold mineralization along the K2 trend is hosted in a thick sheet of massive and vuggy quartz-altered volcaniclastic rocks cut by west-northwest striking, south-dipping, hematite-cemented breccia zones and fractures hosting elevated gold grades. Surface mapping, sampling and drilling suggest that Kayali gold mineralization extends westward through the Karaayi target for a total length of over four kilometres, making the K2 trend the most extensive Au-in-soil anomaly at TV Tower.

All true widths are 50-100% of reported widths unless otherwise stated. All intervals of no sampling have been assigned zero grade for the purposes of compositing. 

About TV Tower:

TV Tower is a joint venture between Pilot Gold (40%) and Teck Madencilik Sanayi Ticaret A.S. (60%), a Turkish subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”). Pilot Gold is project operator at TV Tower and can increase its interest in the project to 60%, through sole funding of exploration over a three-year period.

TV Tower encompasses 91 square kilometres containing more than a dozen targets ranging from high- and low-sulphidation epithermal gold-silver to porphyry gold-copper. The project has an extensive road network and targets to date all lie on land administered by Turkey’s Ministry of Forestry. 

TV Tower is an early stage exploration project and does not contain any mineral resource estimates as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The potential quantities and grades disclosed herein are conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource for the targets disclosed herein. It is uncertain if further exploration will result in these targets yielding a mineral resource.

Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo., Chief Geologist, Pilot Gold, is the Company's designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of NI 43-101 and has reviewed and validated that the information contained in the release is accurate. Drill composites were calculated using cut-offs of 0.2, 0.5, 1.0 and 3.0 g/t Au. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals are interpreted to be between 50-100% of the reported lengths. Drill samples were assayed by AcmeLabs in Ankara, Turkey and Vancouver, B.C. for gold by Fire Assay of a 30 gram (1 assay ton) charge with ICP-ES or AAS finish, or if over 5.0 g/t were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. QA/QC included the insertion and continual monitoring of numerous standards and blanks into the sample stream, and the collection of duplicate samples at random intervals within each batch.

About Pilot Gold:

Pilot Gold is a well-funded gold exploration company led by a proven technical team that continues to discover and define high-quality projects featuring strong grades, meaningful size and mining-friendly addresses. Our three key assets include interests in the TV Tower and Halilaga projects in Turkey and the Kinsley Mountain project in Nevada, each of which has the ability to become a foundational asset. We also have a pipeline of projects characterized by large land positions and district-wide potential that can meet our growth needs for years to come.

For more information, visit www.pilotgold.com or contact:

Investors:

Patrick Reid, VP Corporate Affairs
Phone: 604-632-4677 or Toll Free 1-877-632-4677
info@pilotgold.com

Media:
Ian Noble, Director, Corporate Communications
Phone: 604-809-8750
inoble@oxygencapitalcorp.com

Further information is available in the technical report entitled "Updated Technical Report on the TV Tower Exploration Property, Çanakkale, Western Turkey”, effective July 15, 2012 and dated August 3, 2012, prepared by Paul Gribble, B.Sc., C.Eng., FIMMM, UK Manager, Geology of Tetra Tech WEI Inc., under Pilot Gold’s Issuer Profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

 All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking information" with respect to Pilot Gold within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements that address timing of exploration and development plans at the Company’s mineral projects. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "planned", "expect", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intends", "believe", "potential", and similar expressions, or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "should", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made including, among others, assumptions about future prices of gold, copper, silver and other metal prices, currency exchange rates and interest rates, favourable operating conditions, political stability, obtaining governmental approvals and financing on time, obtaining renewals for existing licences and permits and obtaining required licences and permits, labour stability, stability in market conditions, availability of equipment, accuracy of any mineral resources and mineral reserves, successful resolution of disputes and anticipated costs and expenditures. Many assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Pilot Gold and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

Such forward-looking information, including, but not limited to, statements that address reserve or resource potential, potential quantity and/or grade of minerals, potential size of a mineralized zone, potential expansion of mineralization, the timing and results of future resource estimates, proposed timing of exploration and development plans at the Company’s mineral projects, and the estimation of mineral reserves and resources involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Pilot Gold to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information.

Such factors include, among others, risks related to the interpretation of results at certain of our exploration properties, reliance on technical information provided by our joint venture partners or other third parties as related to any of our exploration properties; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; successfully completing the earn-in on TV Tower, including the ability to incur the minimum annual Expenditure Requirements to complete the earn-in agreement; current economic conditions; future prices of commodities; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; current and proposed exploration and development; the costs and timing of the development of new deposits; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; uses of funds in general including future capital expenditures, exploration expenditures and other expenses for specific operations; the timing and success of exploration activities generally; achievement of identified tangible project milestones at TV Tower; delays in permitting; satisfaction of Turkish requirements relating to the periodic submissions of Environmental Impact Assessments; possible claims against the Company or its joint venture partners; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals, financing or in the completion of exploration as well as those factors discussed in the Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2012, dated March 27, 2013 (the “AIF”) in the section entitled "Risk Factors", under Pilot Gold’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Although Pilot Gold has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Pilot Gold disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Further details relating to Pilot Gold are also available in our AIF, available under Pilot Gold’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.