Pilot Gold's exploration platform is supported by a strong pipeline of early-stage exploration projects in Nevada. Click on the project names below to read more.
Three untested “Carlin Type” gold targets adjacent to a historic mine.
The Drum Project is located in the Drum Mountains of west-central Utah, adjacent to the historic Drum Mine Property, which operated between 1984 and 1989 and produced over 126,000 ounces of gold from two distinct “Carlin-type” gold deposits that averaged 0.04 ounce gold per ton (1.37g/t Au). Pilot Gold acquired the Drum Project in a lease agreement with a private company in December 2012. Drum currently comprises 87 unpatented lode claims on Federal Land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and a State of Utah mineral lease.
Pilot Gold has identified three distinct exploration targets with surface geochemistry indicating the presence of sediment-hosted gold mineralization at depth. Lower Cambrian carbonate and fine-grained clastic strata are the projected host rocks in all of these target areas.
Gold in surface samples is strongly associated with silicification (jasperoid). This is similar to the historic Drum Mine, where gold-bearing jasperoid outcrops occur in the vicinity of the main deposit, in which the host rocks consist of strongly clay-altered strata and altered dikes. On the Pilot Gold claims, gold concentrations in outcrops of jasperoid and variably silicified breccias are commonly between 0.100 and 1.00 ppm, with a maximum of 5.2 ppm Au. Antimony and bismuth display the strongest correlations with anomalous gold.
Proposed future activities include rock-chip sampling, soil sampling and additional detailed geologic mapping on the new claims, and possible CSAMT surveys over the three existing target areas.
Pilot Gold’s Viper project is located in Elko County, Nevada, approximately 70 kilometres northeast of Montello. The project consists of 79 claims covering 1,227 acres, plus 2,054 acres of private mineral rights owned and leased by Pilot Gold. The total project area covers 3,201 acres.
The Viper project was generated through grassroots exploration by Pilot Gold’s team and is located in an emerging off-trend district in northeast Nevada. Viper is hosted within Mississippian carbonate stratigraphy and displays low-sulphidation, epithermal-style gold and silver mineralization in three primary zones, the largest of which is approximately 1.5 kilometres long by 0.5 kilometres wide. In 2010 an airborne magnetic survey, orientation gravity lines and geological mapping were completed to follow up on encouraging gold-in-rock and soil results received in 2009.
In 2011, Pilot Gold completed a 3,400 metre RC drill program that resulted in a new bulk tonnage style gold discovery at Viper. Highlights from this program include:
- 1.09 g/t gold and 20.98 g/t silver over 33.5 meters from surface, in hole PV-003;
- 0.47 g/t gold and 4.08 g/t silver over 7.6 meters from 16.8 meters in hole PV-002;
- 0.51 g/t gold and 5.86 g/t silver over 13.7 meters from surface, in hole PV-004; and,
- 0.60 g/t gold and 7.48 g/t silver over 6.1 meters from 21.3 meters.
Click here to see a comprehensive table of drill intercepts completed to date, including non-reportable intercepts.
Viper is an early stage development project without any current resource estimates and there is no certainty that any such resource estimates will ever be established.
The Antelope Project is located in the Antelope Range in east-central Nevada, 45 miles norht-northeast of Ely, Nevada and 80 miles south of Wendover, Nevada. The property consists of 65 leased and fully-owned, unpatented lode mining claims. Three modern gold mines (Alligator Ridge, Bald Mountain, and Golden Butte) and Pilot Gold’s Kinsley Mountain Property are located within a 50-mile radius of these claims.
Antelope is underlain by the normal stratigraphic sequence of Devonian Simonson Dolomite, Mississippian-Devonian Pilot Shale, Mississippian Joana Limestone, and Mississippian Chainman Formation. These strata dip moderately to the west. The resistant Simonson Dolomite forms the crest of the ridge and the younger strata crop out in sequence at lower elevations. The lower portion of the Pilot Shale is variably silicified across the project area. Gold-bearing jasperoid of variable thickness occurs locally in the silicified zone and disseminated gold mineralization also occurs locally in the upper Simonson Dolomite. Tertiary volcanic rocks are common in the range, although are limited to scattered diabase dikes in the project area. Gold grades across the project area commonly range between 0.01 and 0.03 opt Au. Pods of higher grade gold occur locally. This is indicated by near-surface intercepts in several drill holes, including 40 feet of 0.09 opt Au in hole PTR-35A in the Phelps Dodge historic resource, and 35 feet of 0.061 opt Au in hole PTR-106.
Extensive rock and soil sampling was conducted first by Amselco, followed by Phelps Dodge in the late 1980s and identified a zone of anomalous gold that is approximately 6000 feet x 3000 feet. These companies drilled a combined total of 134 reverse-circulation exploration holes in an area covered by at least 100 claims. In 2005, Dumont Nickel conducted a soil-sampling program covering 12,000 x 2,400 feet with 300-foot sample spacing.
The Sandy Project is a sediment-hosted gold property located at the northern end of the Groom Range in Lincoln County, Nevada, about 5 miles southwest of the town of Rachel. The property consists of 62 unpatented lode mining claims owned 100% by Pilot Gold on BLM ground, and was staked due to structural and stratigraphic similarities to the Long Canyon, Kinsley Mountain and Bald Mountain properties.
Sandy covers a section of Cambrian limestone and shale overlain by Tertiary volcanics. Jasperoid is developed after limestone and shale along north-northwest structures and as tabular masses concordant with the east dipping limestone. Gold-bearing jasperoid, reportedly containing gold values up to 15 ppm, can be traced intermittently across an area 2,400 feet wide and along strike for 9,000 feet. The north end of the jasperoid alteration extends under pediment cover.
WX Syndicate drilled approximately 12 shallow holes in the 1980s, and multiple intercepts were encountered, including 20 feet at 0.024 opt Au (0.828 g/t Au). One single hole drilled well away from the range front in the pediment reportedly intercepted 0.014 opt gold in non-jasperoidal shale host rock at 120 feet (36.5 m) depth.
Baxter Springs is a sediment-hosted gold system boasting extensive gold mineralization hosted in Ordovician sedimentary slope facies rocks. The property is located in the Toquima Range, approximately 29 kilometres south of Round Mountain, Nevada and 10 kilometres south of the Manhattan Mine, formerly operated by Echo Bay. It consists of 60 unpatented lode claims on BLM land.
The Anchor property lies within the southern portion of the Eureka-Battle Mountain Mineral Trend, Nevada and is located about 4.8 kilometres northwest of the Archimedes deposit. It consists of 54 unpatented lode claims on BLM land.
Previous surface sampling and drilling suggest that Anchor contains a sediment-hosted, Carlin-type gold system. In 2010, Fronteer Gold completed a reconnaissance of the area surrounding the current claim block and 100 rock chip samples were collected for analysis from outcrops and sub-crops in the area. To assist with additional drill targeting, a gravity survey on a grid with 200-metre spacing was performed in the fall of 2010. Additional claims were staked to cover targets identified by this work.
The Stateline property is a large, low-sulphidation epithermal gold and silver system. It is situated on the east flank of the Paradise Mountains, approximately 37 kilometres east of Panaca, Nevada and 88 kilometres northwest of Cedar City in Iron County, Utah. It consists of approximately 167 unpatented lode claims on BLM land and three Utah state leases.
Significant historic mining took place on the property, however production figures are not known. From 2008 to 2010, the property was leased to Newmont Mining from Fronteer Gold.
The Easter Property is situated on the east flank of the Delamar Mountains, approximately 13 kilometres southwest of Caliente, Nevada and 12 kilometres east-northeast of the Delamar mine in Lincoln County, Nevada. It consists of 70 unpatented lode claims on BLM ground.
Pilot Gold’s 100%-owned Brik Property is a volcanic-hosted, low-sulphidation epithermal gold system with oxide gold mineralization exposed in outcrop in at least five distinct target areas. It is located on the northern flank of the Cedar Range in east-central Lincoln County, Nevada, approximately 14 kilometres southeast and 25 kilometres northeast of the towns of Panaca and Caliente, respectively. It consists of 109 unpatented lode claims on BLM ground.
Although the Brik Property was the site of sporadic small-scale historic mineral exploration, Pilot Gold’s effort represents the first comprehensive modern drilling program on the property.
Exploration programs in 2010 and 2011 by Fronteer Gold and Pilot Gold consisted of geologic mapping and geochemical sampling, including rock-chip, soil, and stream sediment samples. This work identified five prospective gold exploration target areas on the property: the Brik vein, the Sinter zone, the Hidden Treasure target, the Maui Wash area, and the East Jasperoid target. In 2011, Pilot drilled 27 reverse-circulation holes in the five target areas. The highlight of the drilling program was the discovery of a mineralized zone on the Hidden Treasure target area defined by five adjacent drill holes with significant gold intercepts. Drill highlights from Hidden Treasure include:
- 2.41 g/t gold over 16.7 metres, including 14.95 g/t gold over 1.5 metres, and
0.99 g/t gold over 18.3 metres, from surface in hole PB-24;
- 1.30 g/t gold over 19.8 metres from surface in hole PB-17; and
- 0.82 g/t gold over 35.0 metres from surface in hole PB-25.
An additional four target areas were also drilled. Encouraging oxide gold mineralization was intersected in eight holes, including a shallow gold intercept of 1.00 g/t over 7.6 metres at the Sinter Target, which has the potential to be expanded in all directions with additional drilling.
Click here to see a comprehensive table of drill intercepts completed to date, including non-reportable intercepts.
Brik is an early stage development project without any current resource estimates and there is no certainty that any such resource estimates will ever be established.
Griffon is located at the southern end of the Battle Mountain - Eureka Trend and is a typical Carlin-type sediment-hosted gold property. Disseminated gold mineralization occurs in siltstone and shale of the Mississippian Chainman Formation and in a sequence of fine-grained limestone and siltstone interpreted to represent an upper member of the Mississippian Joana Limestone.
The Griffon property lies 12 miles south of the White Pine Mining District and 12 miles north of the Currant Mining District. Exploration drilling in the late 1980s throughearly 1990s by Billiton Minerals and Westmont Minerals defined a small historic gold resource.
The property was acquired by Alta Gold Company in 1993. Drilling by Alta in the early- to mid-1990s resulted in the expansion of one historic deposit and discovery of another. Between 1997 and 1999, Alta Gold mined approximately 90,000 ounces of gold from the property before declaring bankruptcy in 1999.
Past exploration on the Griffon property focused on discovery and delineation of the two distinct historic gold deposits. Very little exploration work was done on peripheral targets after the initial discoveries.
Pilot Gold’s work on the property will be focused on geological mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveys to define targets proximal to the historic pits as well as new exploration targets property wide.