West Red Lake Gold Intersects 47.44 G/T Au Over 3.2M, 21.64 G/T Au Over 7M And 296.83 G/T Au Over 1M At South Austin Zone – Madsen Mine

(MENAFN- GlobeNewsWire - Nasdaq) VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- West Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd. (“West Red Lake Gold” or“WRLG” or the“Company”) (TSXV: WRLG) (OTCQB: WRLGF) is pleased to report drill results from its 100% owned Madsen Mine located in the prolific Red Lake Gold District of Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

The drill results featured in this news release were focused on the high-grade South Austin Zone , which currently contains an Indicated mineral resource of 474,600 ounces (“oz”) grading 8.7 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold (“Au”) , with an additional Inferred resource of 31,800 oz grading 8.7 g/t Au . The results successfully demonstrate the high-grade nature and continuity of the South Austin Zone and highlight the resource growth potential that exists within this area. The WRLG team believes that further exploration potential exists down-plunge which could potentially add to the unmined portion of South Austin (see Figure 2), which sits adjacent to existing underground infrastructure marking it as a high caliber target that could potentially be developed early during future mine restart and production. This area is a priority expansion target as underground drilling continues.


  • Hole MM23D-07-4141-006 Intersected 1m @ 296.83 g/t Au , from 53 to 54, and 3m @ 42.35 g/t Au , from 31 to 34.0, Including 1m @ 37.10 g/t Au , from 31 to 32, also including 1m @ 84.34 g/t Au , from 33 to 34.
  • Hole MM23D-07-4141-017 Intersected 3 @ 47.44 g/t Au , from 40 to 43.
  • Hole MM23D-07-4141-012 Intersected 7m @ 21.62 g/t Au , from 36 to 43, Including 1m @ 118.35 g/t Au , from 37 to 38.
  • Hole MM23D-07-4141-002 Intersected 8m @ 17.45 g/t Au , from 27 to 35, Including 2m @ 55.87 g/t Au , from 30 to 32, also including 0 @ 23.33 g/t Au , from 33 to 34.
  • Hole MM23D-07-4141-015 Intersected 5 @ 16.17 g/t Au , from 99 to 104, Including 2 @ 28.84 g/t Au , from 102 to 104.
  • Hole MM23D-07-4141-020 Intersected 1m @ 56.14 g/t Au , from 19 to 20.
  • Hole MM23D-07-4141-003 Intersected 1m @ 53.97 g/t Au , from 76 to 77.

Shane Williams, President & CEO, stated,“Our team is very pleased with the fantastic results that continue to be produced from the underground drilling program at Madsen which only begantwo months ago. It is worth restating that the impressive results reported thus far from South Austin and North Austin represent growth to the existing Madsen resource inventory and underscore the high-grade expansion potential that still exists at the Madsen deposit. We fully intend to continue unlocking this value as drilling continues.”

Plan maps and section for the South Austin drilling outlined in this release are provided in Figures 1 through 3.

Since underground drilling commenced near the end of September 2023 the Company has completed 1,320m of Exploration drilling and 4,226m of Definition drilling. In total, 91 diamond drill holes for 5,546m have been completed so far in 2023 at the Madsen Mine. Fire and metallic screen assays have been returned for 85 out of 91 holes completed, with 6 holes pending assays and QAQC.

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

Hole ID Target From (m) To (m) Thick (m)* Au (g/t)
MM23D-07-4141-001 South Austin 91.4 92.8 1.4 3.59
MM23D-07-4141-002 South Austin
27.0 35.0 8.0 17.45
Incl. 30.8 32.8 2.0 55.87
Also Incl. 33.4 34.0 0.6 23.33
MM23D-07-4141-003 South Austin
32.6 38.0 5.4 8.43
Incl. 33.5 34.5 1.0 12.81
Also Incl. South Austin 35.1 36.0 0.9 18.56
AND South Austin 43.0 44.0 1.0 11.24
AND South Austin 76.0 77.0 1.0 53.97
AND South Austin 82.0 83.0 1.0 5.40
MM23D-07-4141-004 South Austin 22.0 23.0 1.0 15.39
MM23D-07-4141-005 South Austin 20.8 23.0 2.2 10.92
MM23D-07-4141-006 South Austin
31.0 34.0 3.0 42.35
Incl. 31.0 32.0 1.0 37.10
Also Incl. 33.0 34.0 1.0 84.34
AND South Austin 38.2 42.0 3.8 10.76
AND South Austin 53.0 54.0 1.0 296.83
MM23D-07-4141-007 No Assays > 3 g/t Au
MM23D-07-4141-008 No Assays > 3 g/t Au
MM23D-07-4141-009 South Austin 18.5 19.3 0.8 19.75
AND South Austin 26.0 29.8 3.8 5.78
AND South Austin 49.0 51.0 2.0 10.61
MM23D-07-4141-010 South Austin
44.5 48.2 3.7 11.30
Incl. 45.5 46.0 0.5 46.97
Also Incl. 47.5 48.2 0.7 14.61
AND South Austin 51.0 52.0 1.0 5.95
AND South Austin 74.5 75.0 0.5 3.32
MM23D-07-4141-011 South Austin 75.0 75.6 0.6 6.84
MM23D-07-4141-012 South Austin
36.0 43.0 7.0 21.62
Incl. 37.0 38.0 1.0 118.35
MM23D-07-4141-013 South Austin 31.0 33.5 2.5 7.83
MM23D-07-4141-014 South Austin
40.7 44.4 3.7 7.69
Incl. 43.4 44.4 1.0 16.22
MM23D-07-4141-015 South Austin 37.1 39.1 2.0 4.02
AND South Austin
99.2 104.5 5.3 16.17
Incl. 102.0 104.5 2.5 28.84
MM23D-07-4141-016 South Austin 48.0 49.0 1.0 6.39
MM23D-07-4141-017 South Austin 40.6 43.8 3.2 47.44
MM23D-07-4141-018 South Austin 56.1 57.3 1.2 8.62
MM23D-07-4141-019 South Austin 19.0 20.0 1.0 56.14
MM23D-07-4141-020 South Austin 47.0 49.0 2.0 10.04

*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 South 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
MM23D-07-4141-001 South Austin 435400 5646156 29 120 186 -20
MM23D-07-4141-002 South Austin 435400 5646156 28 96 176 -5
MM23D-07-4141-003 South Austin 435400 5646156 28 123 176 -20
MM23D-07-4141-004 South Austin 435401 5646156 29 60 161 -5
MM23D-07-4141-005 South Austin 435401 5646156 28 75 160 -20
MM23D-07-4141-006 South Austin 435401 5646156 27 90 161 -35
MM23D-07-4141-007 South Austin 435403 5646156 29 57 146 -5
MM23D-07-4141-008 South Austin 435403 5646156 28 90 146 -20
MM23D-07-4141-009 South Austin 435403 5646156 28 51 151 -35
MM23D-07-4141-010 South Austin 435403 5646156 28 75 151 -50
MM23D-07-4141-011 South Austin 435403 5646157 27 87 131 -35
MM23D-07-4141-012 South Austin 435403 5646157 27 63 130 -50
MM23D-07-4141-013 South Austin 435404 5646157 28 99 116 -35
MM23D-07-4141-014 South Austin 435403 5646157 27 66 115 -50
MM23D-07-4141-015 South Austin 435404 5646158 28 120 101 -35
MM23D-07-4141-016 South Austin 435404 5646160 29 90 86 0
MM23D-07-4141-017 South Austin 435405 5646160 28 120 85 -25
MM23D-07-4141-018 South Austin 435404 5646160 27 102 86 -46
MM23D-07-4141-019 South Austin 435400 5646156 29 90 176 10
MM23D-07-4141-020 South Austin 435400 5646156 29 102 190 -4


Accessed through the Madsen Mine West Portal, the South Austin Zone sits south in the hanging wall of the main Austin Zone. Like the other mineralized domains in that comprise the Madsen Mine, the South Austin structure 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 South Austin Zone and down-plunge expansion potential of recently drilled area.

[1] Mineral resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 3.38 g/t Au and a gold price of US1,800/oz. 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. A full copy of the SRK report is available on the Company's website and on SEDAR+ at

FIGURE 3. South Austin plan view drill section showing assay highlights for Holes MM23D-07-4141-001 through -020.

[1] Mineral resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 3.38 g/t Au and a gold price of US1,800/oz. 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. A full copy of the SRK report is available on the Company's website and on SEDAR+ at


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 (“NI 43-101”) Indicated resource of 1.65 million ounces (“Moz”) 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. 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. 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 updated report. A full copy of the SRK 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.


“Shane Williams”

Shane Williams
President & Chief Executive Officer


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Forward‐looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties and actual results might differ materially from results suggested in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, market volatility; the state of the financial markets for the Company's securities; fluctuations in commodity prices and changes in the Company's business plans. In making the forward-looking statements in this news release, the Company has applied several material assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable, including without limitation, that the Company will continue with its stated business objectives and its ability to raise additional capital to proceed. Although management of the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, forward-looking information or financial out-look that are incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. The Company seeks safe harbor.

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