In June 2020, a maiden JORC 2012- compliant Inferred Resource of 830,000oz at 11.6 g/t gold was announced for the Pickle Crow Gold Project in Ontario, Canada, following the commencement of maiden drilling in April 2020.
The Resource runs from the surface immediately adjacent to existing underground and surface infrastructure; mineralisation remains open along strike and at depth. Numerous high-grade targets to be drilled at Pickle Crow in CY20 with a second resource update expected this calendar year.
The maiden resource is a strong start in Auteco’s strategy to establish Pickle Crow as a world-scale gold project in a Tier-1 location.
Independent JORC 2012 Inferred resource estimate at selected lower cut-off grades at the Pickle Crow Gold Project
Grade Gold g/t
Gold Million oz
2.0 g/t Au
3.5 g/t Au
5.0 g/t Au
The Pickle Crow deposit was originally discovered in the early 1930’s and commenced commercial production in 1935. The mine operated until 1966 during which time it produced 1.5 Million oz of gold at an average grade of 16 g/t gold.
Various operators have held the property since before the regional ground position was consolidated by TSX listed PC Gold in 2014. PC Gold was acquired by First Mining in 2015.
Historical data was recovered, digitised and verified in 2008 by PC Gold who completed drilling within the known veins from the existing historic mine. No further exploration has been conducted at the property subsequent to First Mining’s acquisition of the project in 2015. First Mining released a NI 43-101 compliant resource.
Subsequent to historic mining that ceased in 1966, there has been limited exploration of the Pickle Crow Gold Project. Any work that has been conducted by modern explorers has been fragmented and focused on developing small remnant resources proximal to the old mine infrastructure.
Auteco intends to return to first principles at the project within the tenement area with a focus on discovering and developing new project scale, high-grade, near surface, JORC compliant gold resources to add the current resource inventory.
Multiple advanced gold projects have been developed in the area over the past few years including:
There are a number of high-priority targets at the Pickle Crow Gold Project that have either not been followed up or have had little or no modern exploration test work undertaken on them. These include multiple unmined lode positions surrounding the historic underground workings, including potential new high-grade gold lodes as well as a number of shallow, near surface, broad mineralised zones that require exploration testing regionally across the 190 km2 project area.
13.13 m @ 43.28 g/t gold from 530.35 m
7.6 m @ 8.23 g/t gold from 492.5 m
2.83 m @ 11.24 g/t gold from 547.67 m
0.5 m @ 135.37 g/t gold from 595.9 m
3.9 m @ 17.39 g/t gold from 200 m
No.1 Vein Target:
3.2m @ 134.26 g/t gold from 1139.8 m
1.15 m @ 112.15 g/t gold from 959.5 m
63.45 m @ 1.29 g/t gold from 3.5 m
4.0 m @ 9.05 g/t gold from 102 m
71.43 m @ 1.63 g/t gold from 120.37 m including
9.16 m @ 4.88 g/t gold
The Pickle Crow Gold Deposit is a high-grade, shear-hosted, mesothermal Archean lode gold deposit. The deposit occurs primarily within mafic volcanics and banded iron formation (BIF) units in the Pickle Crow assemblage of the Pickle Lake Greenstone Belt in the Uchi Lake Sub-province of the Superior Craton of the Canadian Shield.
Mineralisation is focused around steeply northwest dipping, regional scale shear zones with the bulk of the mineralisation hosted near the Main Break structure, proximal to the highly strained, unconformable boundary between the Pickle Crow assemblage and the mafic-intermediate volcanics of the younger Confederation assemblage. A restricted, late-basin, Temiskaming-like sedimentary assemblage has also been identified in the hangingwall of this structure.
Multiple mineralisation styles have so far been identified on the property:
Historical mining was focused on mining the quartz-gold-tungsten veins, the largest of which was the No.1 Vein (900 metre surface strike, mined to >1,500 metres below surface).
The Pickle Crow deposit is located in the Tier-1 Mining Jurisdiction of Ontario, Canada. The project is 400 km North of Thunder bay on State Route 590 with grid power less than 5 km from the project. There is year-round, paved road access to the project, as well as commercial flight access to Sioux Lookout located 2 hours’ drive to the South. Local services including shopping, hospitals and heavy equipment rental are located less than 5 km from the project in the town of Pickle Lake. The region has a recent history of mining and a skilled workforce is available in the region.
A 225tpd mill gravity mill was constructed on the Project in 2006 but never commissioned. Offices and core facilities are in good condition. Exploration can be conducted year-round.
Excellent conventional gold recoveries of more than 98% gold recovered from the historic mining operation.
During the successful operation of the Pickle Crow mine from 1935 to 1966, recoveries of +98% were reported from a gravity plus cyanidation circuit. Gravity recoveries for the period 1935 to 1948 are reported at +40%, increasing to around 60% in the later years of the mine with improving technology.