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West Red Lake Gold Intersects 37.33 g/t Au over 2.79m and 5.26 g/t Au over 9.0m at North Austin Zone – Madsen Mine

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West Red Lake Gold Intersects 37.33 g/t Au over 2.79m and 5.26 g/t Au over 9.0m at North Austin Zone – Madsen Mine






West Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd.  (TSX-V: WRLG) (OTCQB: WRLGF) is pleased to report drill results from its 100% owned Madsen Mine located in the Red Lake Gold District of Northwestern Ontario, Canada.


This round of drill results from the Madsen Mine were all drilled from underground on the North Austin Zone, which represents a new area of high-grade mineralization extending the current Madsen resource to the northeast. This program was designed to expand the North Austin zone down-plunge to the northeast.


There are three main plunge lines (ore shoots) that the team is targeting at North Austin, and the results in this press release have demonstrated down-plunge continuity on the order of 30 meters within at least one of these ore shoots.


The North Austin Zone sits adjacent to existing underground development marking it as a high caliber, near-surface target that could potentially be developed early during future mine restart and production. The North Austin Zone remains open down-plunge and along strike to the northeast and will continue to be a priority expansion target as underground drilling continues.



  • Hole MM24X-03-5127-010 Intersected 2.79m @ 37.33 grams per tonne gold, from 124.21m to 127m, Including 1.0m @ 88.06 g/t Au, from 125.21m to 126.21m.
  • Hole MM24X-03-5127-011 Intersected 9.02m @ 5.26 g/t Au, from 53.06m to 62.08m, Including 0.88m @ 22.34 g/t Au, from 58m to 58.88m, also Including 0.5m @ 26.18 g/t Au, from 61.08m to 61.58m; And 2.54m @ 5.21 g/t Au, from 118.46m to 121m; Including 0.61m @ 16.60 g/t Au, from 118.96m to 119.57m.
  • Hole MM24X-03-5127-007 Intersected 1.57m @ 25.12 g/t Au, from 128m to 129.57m, Including 1.0m @ 31.47 g/t Au, from 128m to 129m.
  • Hole MM24X-03-5127-001 Intersected 2m @ 9.5 g/t Au, from 72m to 74m, Including 1.0m @ 17.94 g/t Au, from 73m to 74m.


Shane Williams, President & CEO, stated, “It’s very encouraging to see the North Austin drilling beginning to deliver on expectations. Defining new areas of mineralization outside of, but adjacent to, the known deposit will continue to be a priority at Madsen and further solidifies our strategy with continuing to de-risk the asset while also taking full advantage of high-grade, near-mine organic growth opportunities.”


Plan maps and section for the South Austin drilling outlined in this release are provided in Figures 2 through 5.


TABLE 1. Significant intercepts (>3 g/t Au) from drilling at North Austin Zone.


Hole ID Target From (m) To (m) Thick (m)* Au (g/t)
MM24X-03-5127-001 North Austin 72.00 74.00 2.00 9.50
Incl. 73.00 74.00 1.00 17.94
MM24X-03-5127-002 North Austin 126.87 127.80 0.93 5.48
MM24X-03-5127-003 North Austin No Assays > 3 g/t Au
MM24X-03-5127-004 North Austin 66.50 67.42 0.92 5.21
MM24X-03-5127-005 North Austin No Assays > 3 g/t Au
MM24X-03-5127-006 North Austin 59.65 65.00 5.35 3.11
Incl. 61.10 62.00 0.90 8.93
MM24X-03-5127-007 North Austin 128.00 129.57 1.57 25.12
Incl. 128.00 129.00 1.00 31.47
MM24X-03-5127-008 North Austin No Assays > 3 g/t Au
MM24X-03-5127-009 North Austin 127.65 129.00 1.35 6.62
Incl. 127.65 128.50 0.85 10.08
MM24X-03-5127-010 North Austin 124.21 127.00 2.79 37.33
Incl. 125.21 126.21 1.00 88.06
MM24X-03-5127-011 North Austin 53.06 62.08 9.02 5.26
Incl. 58.00 58.88 0.88 22.34
Also Incl. 61.08 61.58 0.50 26.18
AND North Austin 118.46 121.00 2.54 5.21
Incl. 118.96 119.57 0.61 16.60


*The “From-To” intervals in Table 1 are denoting overall downhole length of the intercept. True thickness has not been calculated for these intercepts but is expected to be ≥ 70% of downhole thickness based on intercept angles observed in the drill core.



FIGURE 1. Deposit-scale plan map of Madsen Mine highlighting North Austin Zone.


TABLE 2: Drill collar summary for holes reported in this News Release.


Hole ID Target Easting Northing Elev (m) Length (m) Azimuth Dip
MM24X-03-5127-001 North Austin 435929 5646987 266 150.0 300 -5
MM24X-03-5127-002 North Austin 435929 5646987 266 176.6 298 -9
MM24X-03-5127-003 North Austin 435929 5646987 266 150.0 301 -17
MM24X-03-5127-004 North Austin 435929 5646987 266 150.0 308 -9
MM24X-03-5127-005 North Austin 435929 5646987 266 141.0 309 -16
MM24X-03-5127-006 North Austin 435929 5646987 266 150.0 306 -26
MM24X-03-5127-007 North Austin 435930 5646988 266 147.0 312 -4
MM24X-03-5127-008 North Austin 435930 5646987 266 161.0 312 -21
MM24X-03-5127-009 North Austin 435930 5646988 266 150.0 318 -5
MM24X-03-5127-010 North Austin 435930 5646988 266 141.0 318 -9
MM24X-03-5127-011 North Austin 435930 5646988 266 140.0 317 -16



Accessed through the Madsen Mine East Portal, the North Austin Zone sits northeast in the footwall of the main Austin Zone. Like the main Austin and South Austin Structures, the North Austin domain is hosted within broad, kilometer-scale planar alteration and deformation corridors that have been repeatedly reactivated during gold mineralization and subsequent deformation and metamorphism.


At the deposit-scale the Austin, South Austin, North Austin, and McVeigh Zones are locally folded and structurally dismembered by transposition and rotation into the penetrative S2 Foliation. In addition to this intense deformation overprint, the mineralized veins and alteration have been subjected to the relatively high temperatures of amphibolite facies metamorphism, which led to extensive recrystallization and growth of the skarn-like replacement mineral assemblage of diopside-amphibole-quartz-biotite.


All significant gold mineralization on the mine property is demonstrably early relative to the most significant, penetrative deformation (D2) and metamorphic events. The North Austin Zone displays ‘mine-style’ alteration and mineralization and consists of multiple mineralized domains defined over a strike length of 0.5km. Mineralization remains open at depth and along strike to the northeast.


In drill core, or at underground face exposures, gold-bearing zones at the Madsen Mine are best identified visually by fine (sub-millimetre) grains of free gold within strong alteration and veining. All high-grade intervals generally contain visible gold on drill core exteriors, although numerous examples exist of high-grade assays where visible gold was only identified within the interior (cut surface) of the core samples. Apart from the presence of free gold, pervasive silicification (locally accompanied by discrete quartz veining) and quartz-carbonate or diopside veining are the best indicators that a given interval is within a high-grade zone along/within the mineralized structure.


The current underground drilling program at the Madsen Mine is focused on further definition of near-term mining inventory, as well as growth of the current mineral resource. Drilling has been focused on the more continuous and higher-grade portions of the Austin, South Austin, and North Austin Zones. This will continue to be the strategy moving into 2024.


High resolution versions of all the figures contained in this press release can be found at the following web address:


FIGURE 2. Madsen Mine long section showing location of 03-5127 Drill Bay in North Austin Zone.[1]


 FIGURE 3. North Austin plan view drill section showing assay highlights for Holes MM24X-03-5127-001 through -011.[1]


 FIGURE 4. North Austin section view showing assay highlights for Holes MM24X-03-5127-001, -002, -003 and -006.[1]


 FIGURE 5. North Austin section view showing assay highlights for Holes MM24X-03-5127-004, -005 and -007 through -011.[1]




Drilling completed underground at the Madsen Mine consists of BQ-sized diamond drill core for definition drill programs and oriented NQ-sized diamond drill core for exploration focused drilling. All drill holes are systematically logged, photographed, and sampled by a trained geologist at the Madsen Mine core processing facility. Minimum allowable sample length is 0.5m. Maximum allowable sample length is 1.5m. Control samples (certified standards and uncertified blanks), along duplicates, are inserted at a target 5% insertion rate. Results are assessed for accuracy, precision, and contamination on an ongoing basis. The BQ-sized drill core is whole core sampled. The NQ-sized drill core is then cut lengthwise utilizing a diamond blade core saw along a line pre-selected by the geologist. To reduce sampling bias, the same side of drill core is sampled consistently utilizing the orientation line as reference. For those samples containing visible gold (“VG”), a trained geologist supervises the cutting/bagging of those samples, and ensures the core saw blade is ‘cleaned’ with a dressing stone following the VG sample interval. Bagged samples are then sealed with zip ties and transported by Madsen Mine personnel directly to SGS Natural Resource’s Facility in Red Lake, Ontario for assay.


Samples are then prepped by SGS, which consists of drying at 105°C and crushing to 75% passing 2mm. A riffle splitter is then utilized to produce a 500g course reject for archive. The remainder of the sample is then pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns from which 50g is analyzed by fire assay and an atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) finish (SGS Code GO-FAA50V10). Samples returning gold values > 100 g/t Au are reanalyzed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish on a 50g sample (SGS Code GO_FAG50V). Samples with visible gold are also analyzed via metallic screen analysis (SGS code: GO_FAS50M). For multi-element analysis, samples are sent to SGS’s facility in Burnaby, British Columbia and analyzed via four-acid digest with an atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) finish for 33-element analysis on 0.25g sample pulps (SGS code: GE_ICP40Q12). SGS Natural Resources analytical laboratories operates under a Quality Management System that complies with ISO/IEC 17025.


The Madsen Mine deposit presently hosts a National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects Indicated resource of 1.65 million ounces of gold grading 7.4 g/t Au and an Inferred resource of 0.37 Moz of gold grading 6.3 g/t Au. Mineral resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 3.38 g/t Au and a gold price of US1,800/oz. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Please refer to the technical report entitled “Independent NI 43-101 Technical Report and Updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the PureGold Mine, Canada”, prepared by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. and dated June 16, 2023, and amended April 24, 2024 (the “Madsen Report“). The Madsen Resource Estimate has an effective date of December 31, 2021 and excludes depletion of mining activity during the period from January 1, 2022 to the mine closure on October 24, 2022 as it has been deemed immaterial and not relevant for the purpose of the Madsen Report. A full copy of the Madsen Report is available on the Company’s website and on SEDAR+ at


The technical information presented in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Will Robinson, P.Geo., Vice President of Exploration for West Red Lake Gold and the Qualified Person for exploration at the West Red Lake Project, as defined by NI 43-101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”.




West Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd. is a mineral exploration company that is publicly traded and focused on advancing and developing its flagship Madsen Gold Mine and the associated 47 km2 highly prospective land package in the Red Lake district of Ontario. The highly productive Red Lake Gold District of Northwest Ontario, Canada has yielded over 30 million ounces of gold from high-grade zones and hosts some of the world’s richest gold deposits. WRLG also holds the wholly owned Rowan Property in Red Lake, with an expansive property position covering 31 km2 including three past producing gold mines – Rowan, Mount Jamie, and Red Summit.



Posted May 22, 2024

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