Initial Pilot Gold drilling returns 5.91 g/t gold over 18.4 metres at Kinsley Mountain

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Pilot Gold Inc. (PLG – TSX) reports that our initial drilling has returned impressive intervals of gold mineralization at Kinsley Mountain, a system we believe is strongly analogous to the nearby Long Canyon gold deposit in northeastern Nevada.

Kinsley Mountain shares the same unique combination of stratigraphy, structure and mineralization as Long Canyon, a deposit our technical team defined and advanced to a multi-million-ounce resource prior to its acquisition by Newmont Mining Corp. in April last year. Kinsley Mountain is located approximately 90 kilometres to the southeast of Long Canyon. Pilot Gold has an option to earn up to a 65% interest on the Kinsley Mountain project (See Sept. 21, 2011 press release).

Our first work-program included 1,250 metres (six holes) of diamond-core drilling designed to confirm mineralization in historic reverse circulation holes near the margins of open pits at the past-producing Kinsley Mountain Mine. Many of the historic drill holes, averaging 65 metres in depth, stopped short of potentially mineralized zones. Approximately 138,000 oxide ounces were mined from seven pits by Alta Gold, which ceased operations in the late 1990s due to financial difficulties and low gold prices.

Our first six holes are near-twins of existing holes in two locations, one to the north of the main pit and one located between two satellite pits to the southeast. These drill results highlight the exceptional, untapped potential of this system.

Drill highlights from the 2011 program include (full table at bottom of release):

  • 5.91 g/t gold over 18.4 metres, including 11.93 g/t gold over 7.8 metres in hole PK-04;
     
  •  6.75 g/t gold over 7.5 metres, including 13.52 g/t gold over 3.2 metres in PK-03;
     
  • 6.23 g/t gold over 8.7 metres, including 12.05 g/t gold over 3.0 metres in hole PK-02.
     

Primary drill composites were calculated using a cut-off of 0.30 g/t, with variably higher cut-offs for the sub-intervals. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals are interpreted to be between 60-100% of the reported lengths.

“Our technical team carries forward Fronteer Gold’s in-depth, working knowledge of Long Canyon and our strategy in Nevada was to identify a project with the same attributes and exploration potential as Long Canyon,” says Dr. Moira Smith, Pilot Gold’s Chief Geologist and previously Fronteer Gold’s Chief Geologist for Nevada. “I believe Kinsley Mountain has the framework for discovery and a clear path to building a significant, high-quality deposit in the near-term.”

2012 WORK PROGRAM

Kinsley Mountain is one of Pilot Gold’s three priority assets to be advanced in 2012. We plan on advancing Kinsley Mountain through detailed geological analysis, aggressive drilling and deposit modeling. The Kinsley Mountain project is under a joint venture option agreement with Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp. We anticipate earning an initial 51% interest in the project by Q2 2012. Our planned 2012 work-program includes:

  • Deposit modelling: Extensive historic databases were compiled and merged with new surface mapping and sampling. These data are being used to create a three-dimensional model of geology and mineralization to aid in selection of new drill targets. 
     
  • Drilling: 12,000 metres of infill and step-out drilling on mineralized zones identified in historic drill programs. In addition to near-mine and resource definition drilling, a comprehensive effort to identify new targets will be undertaken, encompassing both the original 141 claims as well as 128 claims staked by Pilot Gold to the north, a largely unexplored area.
     
  • Resource estimation: Anticipated completion of a project-first resource by year-end.
     
  • Development activities: Preliminary metallurgical work, hydrological, environmental and baseline studies; and, submission of a Plan of Operation to the U.S. federal government to allow for property-wide drilling.    

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2011 DRILL RESULTS

Hole                    ID

From                   (metres)

To              (metres)

Interval            (metres)

Gold             g/t

Silver              g/t

PK001C

88.5

105.3

16.8

1.64

3.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

PK002C

111.7

120.4

8.7

6.23

2.1

incl

117.3

120.4

3.0

12.05

3.5

and

131.7

135.0

3.4

0.33

1.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

PK003C

102.7

110.2

7.5

6.75

1.4

incl

107.0

110.2

3.2

13.52

2.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

PK004C

42.7

61.1

18.4

5.91

2.5

incl.

45.7

53.5

7.8

11.93

4.2

and

148.0

152.1

4.1

0.54

2.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

PK005C

36.9

39.6

2.7

0.65

0.2

and

159.6

165.0

5.5

0.58

1.6

 

166.7

167.6

0.9

0.06

2790.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

PK006C

53.0

63.4

10.4

0.95

2.8

 

 

Moira Smith, P. Geo., Pilot Gold Chief Geologist, is the Company's designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and validated that the information contained in the release is accurate.  Drill composites were calculated using a cut-off of 0.30 g/t. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals are interpreted to be between 60-100% of the reported lengths. Drill samples were assayed by ALS Chemex (ISO9001:2000) in Reno, Nevada for gold by Fire Assay of a 30 gram (1 assay ton) charge with an AA finish, or if over 5.0 g/t were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. For these samples, the gravimetric data were utilized in calculating gold intersections. 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. Selected holes are also analyzed for a 72-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS. Data citing ounces mined from historical production is attributed to www.metalseconomics.com

ABOUT PILOT GOLD                                                                      

Pilot Gold is a 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 Halilaga and TV Tower projects in Turkey, each of which alone has the ability to drive the company forward, and the Kinsley Mountain project in Nevada, a gold system analogous to Long Canyon. 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:

Matt Lennox-King, President & CEO
Patrick Reid, VP Corporate Affairs
Phone 604-632-4677 or Toll Free 1-877-632-4677
info@pilotgold.com

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