Honker Gold Project
The high-grade Honker Gold Project is located approximately six miles north of the Illinois Creek Mine, camp and airstrip. The Honker gold-silver (Au-Ag) low sulfidation vein system was discovered in 1981 by Anaconda Minerals Company (Anaconda). Two large (160 lbs each) bulk samples of the Honker mineralization were collected in 1982 and analyzed at Anaconda’s Tucson, AZ laboratory. The historic bulk surface samples assayed an average of 26.5 g/t (.85 oz/ton) gold and 26.8 g/t (.86 oz/ton) silver and produced a column heap leach recovery of 82% and 92% for agitated leach. Drill intercepts indicated values of up to 34.8 g/t Au (1.12 oz/ton) and 72.5 g/t (2.33 oz/ton) Ag. Although the historical data is non-NI 43-101 compliant, the samples indicated significant gold values of +1 oz/ton or +34 g/t.
The prospect consists of a minimum of two sub-parallel, steeply dipping, gold bearing silicified vein breccia structures that trend N20-25E. The gold-silver resource is open down dip and along strike. The main Honker structure is a 2-4 meter wide deeply oxidized low sulfidation vein exposed over roughly 800 meters of strike with abundant surface channel sampling in excess of 10-30 gpt Au. Only three historic Anaconda holes tested the vein and returned an average of 2.6 meters of 5.3 gpt Au.
In June 2014 WAC&G completed a trenching work program on Honker utilizing the CAT D-6 bulldozer and Hitachi EX 100 excavator, to cut 22 exploratory trenches. This enabled WAC&G to confirm, extend, sample and assay the known gold-bearing surface mineralization at both the Main Honker and West Honker veins. A total of 3,952 feet of trenches were dug. The program collected 17 large “bucket” samples that ranged in weight from 21.2 to 63.2 lbs. These samples were shipped by barge to Tacoma, WA and then trucked to the Resource Development Inc. (RDI) metallurgical laboratory in Denver, CO for analysis.
Later that fall, RDI stated in their resulting report “that a relatively simple milling process could be used to separate gold from the ore (rock). RDI proposes a two stage recovery process, including gravity separation from coarsely ground material followed by cyanide leaching of a more finely ground material followed by cyanide leaching of a more finely ground product”.
Two samples collected from the West Honker vein structure returned assays of 18.5 g/MT gold or 0.5 OPT. These samples were taken from the same area that Anaconda reported finding similar values of 0.5 OPT, and these samples validate West Honker as a viable target for further exploration.