Placer gold discovered on Willie Jack Creek.
Government geologists conducted a reconnaissance geological mapping and prospecting program in the Atsutla mountain range and discovered abundant mineralized quartz veining with a single sample assaying 2.06 g/t Au and 72 g/t Ag.
Quebec Cartier Mining Company conducted a large regional scale (1800 sq km) stream sediment sampling program that discovered anomalous Cu draining the present-day Willie Jack property. The stream sediment samples were only analyzed for base metals (no gold).
El Paso Mining conducted a geological mapping and prospecting program in the area and identified widespread Cu mineralization hosted both in narrow quartz veins and fractured wall rock (granodiorite and monzonite).
Geological Survey of Canada completed a regional stream sediment sample program but with no analyses for gold, arsenic, or antimony. Dupont Canada Exploration followed up on anomalous tungsten and molybdenum stream sediment samples in the area with no gold assays done.
Geological Survey of Canada re-analyzed the 1979 stream sediment samples for multiple elements; including Au, As, and Sb. These 3 elements are strongly anomalous and spatially associated with the historic placer gold-bearing Willie Jack Creek that drains a portion of the property.
2000 – 2019
No documented exploration.
Trailbreaker Resources completed a reconnaissance first pass exploration program, evaluating the area for its gold potential. A total of 185 soil and 94 rock grab samples were taken. Widespread gold mineralization was discovered with quartz veins assaying up to 164 g/t Au and soil samples up 806 ppb Au. A large lang package was secured and the Atsutla Gold project was born.
An aggressive prospecting, geological mapping and soil sampling program was executed at the Atsutla Gold project. A total of 2100 soil samples and 532 rock samples were collected over two work phases. Four significant gold zones were defined: Highlands, Christmas Creek, Willie Jack, and Swan. An airborne magnetic and radiometric survey was also flown over the western area of the property.
The 2022 program involved both follow-up prospecting, and exploration on newly staked claims. It also included detailed structural and geological mapping at the four high-grade gold zones discovered in 2021, with a focus on drill target generation. A new gold zone was discovered northeast of the Highlands zone, and a new area of mineralization was discovered at the Swan zone.