Placer gold discovered on Willie Jack Creek.
Government geologists conducted a reconnaissance geological mapping and prospecting program in the Atsulta 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. Work focused on following up at the 2020 gold showings and conducting reconnaissance first pass exploration on newly staked ground that now encompasses over 37,000 hectares and spans over 36 kilometers. Three significant gold zones have been defined to date: Highlands, Willie Jack, and Swan. The phase 1 program returned assays up to 630 g/t (> 18 oz/ton) Au from quartz vein float grab samples while the phase 2 program resulted in the discovery of widespread visible gold in quartz vein float and subcrop over a 750-meter extent.