Pilot Gold (PLG – TSX) (the “Company”) is pleased to report the results of the six remaining holes in its 2012 drilling program at the Kinsley Mountain Project in Nevada. These holes were focused on the western side of Kinsley Mountain and targeted a recently-discovered north-south-trending zone of gold mineralization located more than 600 metres from the historic workings.

“We believe that these results continue to validate the ‘Long Canyon’ model developed by our technical team that predicted the presence of north- to northeast-trending mineralized zones extending from the historic, northwest-trending series of open pits,” stated Matt Lennox-King, President and CEO. “We intend to follow up on these higher-grade structures with a regional exploration strategy to drill test evidence of mineralization.”

Western Flank of Kinsley Range: This growing zone, located approximately 600 metres northwest of the nearest historic pit, measures at least 600 metres long by 100 metres wide, and is characterized by two stacked lenses of mineralization that remain open in all directions.  New RC drilling up to 150 metres north of hole PK061 (6.03 g/t gold over 13.7 metres) returned:

  • 9.50 g/t gold over 4.6 metres in hole PK067
      o   including 20.5 g/t gold over 1.5 metres
  • 2.48 g/t gold over 6.1 metres in hole PK066

All true widths are believed to represent 30-100% of reported widths unless otherwise stated. All intervals of no sampling have been assigned zero grade for the purposes of compositing. For a comprehensive table of drill results to date, including new and non-reportable intercepts, please click: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/KinsleyDrillResults1218.pdf

For a map highlighting 2012 drilling, please click:  http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/KinsleyDrillMap1218.pdf

Over the course of the 2012 program, 12,000 metres of infill and step-out core & RC drilling were completed to define and expand the mineralized zones identified by previous operators. In conjunction with drilling, a comprehensive regional effort to identify new targets was completed, encompassing both the original 141 claims, as well as 128 claims staked by Pilot Gold to the north in a largely unexplored area.  Through this work, a new mineralized zone was intersected in drilling (Candland Canyon) and the Western Flank Zone has been expanded to now cover an area 600 metres by 100 metres. Previously-released drill highlights from the 2012 program include:

  • 6.03 g/t gold over 13.7 metres in hole PK061
    o   including 15.18 g/t gold over 4.6 metres
  • 5.48 g/t gold over 20.4 metres in hole PK014C
    o   including 16.43 g/t gold over 5.5 metres
  • 2.30 g/t gold over 19.8 metres in hole PK057

A three-dimensional model of geology and mineralization was created in order to aid in the selection of new, high-grade drill targets.  Surface soil and rock samples show anomalous pathfinder geochemistry extending seven kilometres to the north of the historic open pits, consistent with the presence of a large mineralized system.  A Plan of Operations was submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to allow for property-wide drilling in 2013 throughout the southern claim block.   

On September 1st, 2012, Pilot Gold staked 41 unpatented lode mining claims on BLM administered land over highly prospective land held prior to that date by another company. The claims were filed with the BLM and Elko County, Nevada in the first week of October. 36 of the claims are located between two previously separate claim blocks at Kinsley, creating a contiguous property and consolidating access to the main mineralized trends to the North. The additional ground brings the total to 332 claims. Mapping, rock and soil sampling are all underway on the newly added ground.

For a map of the property showing the newly staked claims, please click here:

The Kinsley Mountain project is a 51%/49% joint venture with a subsidiary of Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation (“NEV”).  To earn a further 14% interest in the project, Pilot Gold must spend $3 million in exploration.  To date, the Company has incurred approximately $2.6 million in expenditures toward the second earn-in, and anticipates earning a 65% interest at Kinsley in early 2013.  NEV will be responsible to fund its share of expenditures from that point forward.

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 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 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. 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 51 multi-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS. Data citing ounces mined from historical production is attributed to www.metalseconomics.com

Kinsley Mountain is an early-stage exploration project and does not contain any mineral resource estimates as defined by 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.    Further information is available in the technical report entitled: “Technical Report on the Kinsley Project, Elko County, Nevada, U.S.A.”, dated March 26, 2012, and prepared by Michael M. Gustin, CPG and Senior Geologist for Mine Development Associates, Inc., available under Pilot Gold’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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 the TV Tower and Kinsley gold projects and a 40% interest in the Halilaga copper gold porphyry project, each of which alone has the ability to drive the Company forward. For more information, visit www.pilotgold.com or contact:

Matt Lennox-King, President & CEO
Patrick Reid, VP Corporate Affairs
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