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Western Flank mineralization remains open to south toward the Right Spot, a priority drill target in 2014

January 12, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C. –  Pilot Gold Inc. (PLG - TSX) (“Pilot Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that new drilling at Kinsley Mountain’s Western Flank target has intersected significant gold in drill holes spaced over a 500-metre trend that remains open to the north and south.

Hole PK091CA, which returned 8.53 g/t gold (Au) over 36.6 metres, is at the centre of the trend (see press release dated November 18th, 2013). New drill highlights along trend include:

  • 5.00 g/t Au over 7.6 metres and 4.71 g/t over 7.3 metres in PK096C  
  • 2.50 g/t Au over 24.4 metres in PK104C
  • 6.34 g/t Au over 5.9 metres in PK106C, including

                    o   9.91 g/t Au over 3.4 metres

Stratigraphic units hosting the gold in the Western Flank zone rise to the surface, 500 metres to the south at the newly identified Right Spot target. Mapping and rock sampling at the Right Spot demonstrate a 250-metre north-northeast zone of surface jasperoids returning 1-5 g/t Au in grab samples. These features suggest that the Right Spot surface mineralization may result in a gold mineralized zone stretching more than one kilometre in length.

“The high-grade results from the Western Flank and recent fieldwork in the Right Spot area suggest that the Western Flank and Right Spot are part of a connected gold mineralized system, similar in nature to the system our team defined at Long Canyon,” said Moira Smith, Chief Geologist, Pilot Gold. “We will begin our 2014 drill program in late January by prioritizing further drilling at the Western Flank and testing the surface mineralization at the Right Spot and other areas to the south.”

Pilot Gold drilled approximately 14,200 metres in 58 holes in its 2013 Kinsley program, with assays pending for three holes.

For a table of 2013 Kinsley Mountain drill results to date, including non-reportable intercepts, please click here: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/KinsleyDrillResults1402.pdf

For a drill map outlining the area covered by the Plan of Operations, please click here: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/KinsleyDrillMap1402.pdf

The Western Flank target is located 550 metres northwest of the past-producing pits at Kinsley. It comprises north-northeast-plunging zones of mineralization hosted in up to three receptive stratigraphic horizons intersected by one or more steep breccia zones that may have served as conduits and porous hosts for gold mineralization. Pilot Gold drilling has shown that high-grade gold also occurs within a lower limestone unit that was not identified or tested by previous operators.

The Western Flank area hosts numerous features that are similar to the geology at the Long Canyon deposit, including evidence of potential boudinage of a 100-metre-thick dolomite horizon and focusing of gold mineralization in and around this boudin neck area, which strikes north-northeast. Long Canyon was explored and developed by Pilot Gold’s Kinsley team, prior to the project’s sale as part of Newmont Mining Corporation’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Fronteer Gold.

ABOUT KINSLEY MOUNTAIN

Kinsley Mountain hosts near-surface mineralization similar to other Carlin-style, sediment-hosted gold systems along a 2.2 kilometre, SE-NW strike extent. The property consists of 380 claims and 7,650 acres (3,095 hectares) on U.S. Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") land and hosts a past-producing mine with an extensive exploration database and numerous, untested gold targets. Gold mineralization is primarily oxidized and occurs in strataform zones and fault collapse breccias within a sequence of Cambrian-Ordovician shelf carbonates. At depth, Pilot Gold has also drilled high-grade transitional and sulfide mineralization.

Kinsley Mountain 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 being delineated as a mineral resource. There are furthermore no assurances that the geological similarities to the Long Canyon project or other projects displaying high-grade collapse breccia zones will result in the establishment of any resource estimate at Kinsley’s Western Flank, or, if found to exist, that it will be of a similar grade or quantity that is found at Long Canyon or those other deposits, or that the Kinsley project can be advanced in a similar timeframe. 

Intor Resources Corporation ("Intor"), a subsidiary of Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp., is the Company's joint venture partner at Kinsley. Pilot Gold holds a 78% interest in Kinsley and sole-funded a $3.4-million program in 2013.

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 a cut-off of 0.20 g/t. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals are interpreted to be between 30-100% 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. For any samples assaying over 0.200 ppm an addition cyanide leach analysis is done where the sample is treated with a 0.25% NACN solution and rolled for an hour. An aliquot of the final leach solution is then centrifuged and analyzed by AAS. QA/QC for all drill samples consists of 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 51 multi-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS.

Further information is available in the technical report entitled "Technical Report on the Kinsley Project, Elko County, Nevada, U.S.A.", effective February 15, 2012 and dated March 26, 2012, prepared by Michael M. Gustin, CPG of Mine Development Associates and Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo. and Kent Samuelson of Pilot Gold Inc., under Pilot Gold's Issuer Profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

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 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@pilotgold.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 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 the TV Tower project; 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; 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 of the Company 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 the AIF, available under Pilot Gold’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com