West Red Lake Gold Intersects 27.15 g/t Au over 10.28m and 22.31g/t Au over 8.5m at North Austin Zone – Madsen Mine

West Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd. (“West Red Lake Gold” or “WRLG or the “Company”) (TSXV: WRLG) (OTCQBWRLGF) is pleased to report drill results from its 100% owned Madsen Mine located in the prolific Red Lake Gold District of Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

This first round of drill results from the Madsen Mine were all drilled from underground on the North Austin Zone, which represents a new area of high-grade mineralization extending the current Madsen resource to the northeast. The WRLG team believes these intercepts are indicative of the exceptional resource growth potential that still exists at the Madsen Mine asset. The North Austin Zone sits adjacent to existing underground development marking it as a high caliber target that could potentially be developed early during future mine restart and production. The North Austin Zone remains open down-dip and along strike to the northeast and will continue to be a priority expansion target as underground drilling continues.


• Hole MM23X-02-4980-003 Intersected 10.28m @ 27.15 g/t Au, from 28.72m to 39.00m, Including 1m @ 33.11 g/t Au, from 31.50m to 32.50, also Including 1m @ 226.85 g/t Au, from 32.50m to 33.5m.

• Hole MM23X-02-4980-00Intersected 8.5m @ 22.31 g/t Au, from 26.95m to 35.45m,Including 0.55m @ 186.56 g/t Au, from 26.95m to 27.50m, also Including 1m @ 80.76g/t Au, from 27.50m to 28.50m.

• Hole MM23X-02-4980-004 Intersected 7.36m @ 8.98 g/t Au, from 29.74m to 37.10m,Including 1m @ 40.81 g/t Au, from 31.40m to 32.40m.

Shane Williams, President & CEO, stated, “We are very encouraged by this first round of results out from the underground drilling campaign at the Madsen Mine. Our geologic team quickly recognized the exploration potential in the North Austin area, which represents a high-grade expansion target that sits very close to existing underground infrastructure. While a good portion of the underground drill meters will continue to be focused on definition and increasing confidence in the current resource, we will continue to take advantage of near-mine organic growth opportunities that could materially enhance and increase the mineral resource inventory at Madsen.”

Plan maps and section for the North 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 848m of Exploration drilling and 3,369m of Definition drilling.  In total, 70 diamond drill holes for 4,217m have been completed so far in 2023 at the Madsen Mine. Fire and metallic screen assays have been returned for 65 out of 70 holes completed, with 5 holes pending assays and QAQC.

TABLE 1. Significant intercepts (>1 g/t Au) from drilling at North Austin Target.

Hole IDTargetFrom (m)To (m)Thick (m)*Au (g/t)
MM23X-02-4980-001North Austin26.9535.458.5022.31
Incl. 26.9527.500.55186.56
Also Incl. 27.5028.501.0080.76
MM23X-02-4980-002North AustinNo Assays > 1 g/t Au
MM23X-02-4980-003North Austin28.7239.0010.2827.15
Incl. 31.5032.501.0033.11
Also Incl. 32.5033.501.00226.85
MM23X-02-4980-004North Austin29.7437.107.368.98
Incl. 31.4032.401.0040.81
MM23X-02-4980-005North AustinNo Assays > 1 g/t Au
MM23X-02-4980-006North Austin17.0018.001.953.66
ANDNorth Austin28.0028.740.742.75
MM23X-02-4980-007North Austin27.0027.500.501.27
MM23X-02-4980-008North Austin36.0037.001.001.20
MM23X-02-4980-009North Austin29.5030.240.741.05
MM23X-02-4980-010North Austin23.0024.001.001.50
ANDNorth Austin31.0032.001.001.79
ANDNorth Austin43.8044.500.703.01
MM23X-02-4980-011North Austin32.0033.001.001.37
ANDNorth Austin52.0953.000.918.82
MM23X-02-4980-012North Austin12.6813.500.827.08
MM23X-02-4980-013North Austin7.007.650.658.89
ANDNorth Austin11.0812.000.922.35
MM23X-02-4980-014North Austin11.0012.001.002.17
MM23X-02-4980-015North Austin12.0013.001.004.11
MM23X-02-4980-016North Austin8.008.500.506.32
ANDNorth Austin10.8011.500.703.63
MM23X-02-4980-017North Austin7.
ANDNorth Austin11.1012.000.904.23
MM23X-02-4980-018North Austin12.8014.201.403.21

*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 thicknessbased on intercept angles observed in the drill core.

FIGURE 1. Deposit-scale plan map of Madsen Mine.

TABLE 2: Drill collar summary for holes reported in this News Release.

Hole IDTargetEastingNorthingElev (m)Length (m)AzimuthDip
MM23X-02-4980-001North Austin43574856469292956531111
MM23X-02-4980-002North Austin435748564692929554311-5
MM23X-02-4980-003North Austin43574856469292957230120
MM23X-02-4980-004North Austin43574756469292956028115
MM23X-02-4980-005North Austin4357475646929295512810
MM23X-02-4980-006North Austin4357435646914295512925
MM23X-02-4980-007North Austin435742564691429545293-10
MM23X-02-4980-008North Austin4357425646913295512735
MM23X-02-4980-009North Austin435742564691329545273-5
MM23X-02-4980-010North Austin43574256469132956625410
MM23X-02-4980-011North Austin43574256469122957223615
MM23X-02-4980-012North Austin435771564696729530299-11
MM23X-02-4980-013North Austin435771564696729430299-30
MM23X-02-4980-014North Austin435772564696729433298-48
MM23X-02-4980-015North Austin435774564697129530299-11
MM23X-02-4980-016North Austin435773564697129430299-30
MM23X-02-4980-017North Austin435774564697129433299-48
MM23X-02-4980-018North Austin435774564697129436318-11


Accessed through the Madsen Mine East Portal, the North Austin Zone sits northeast in the footwall of the main Austin Zone. Like the main Austin and South Austin Structures, the North Austin domain 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-likereplacement 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 andconsists 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 isfocused 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 theAustin, 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:https://westredlakegold.com/november-21st-news-release-maps/

FIGURE 2. Madsen Mine long section showing location of North Austin Zone.[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 www.sedarplus.ca.

FIGURE 3North Austin plan view drill section showing assay highlights for Holes MM23X-02-4980-001 through018.[1]

[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 www.sedarplus.ca.


The Company completed a total of 11 diamond drill holes for 2,995.5m from surface at the Wedge deposit between September 8 and October 3, 2023. The objective of this drill program was expanding and upgrading the existing mineral resources at Wedge, which currently contain an Indicated mineral resource of 56,100 oz grading 5.6 g/t Au, with an additional Inferred resource of 78,700 oz grading 5.7 g/t Au. The mineralized zones encountered at Wedge confirm the geologic model and help to extend high-grade chutes within the existing Mineral Resource.


• Hole WDG-23-010 Intersected 3.0m @ 5.50 g/t Au, from 156m to 159mIncluding 1.5m@ 10.50 g/t Au, from 157.5m to 159m

• Hole WDG-23-001 Intersected 1.35m @ 10.10 g/t Au, from 189.5m to 190.85m

• Hole WDG-23-006 Intersected 1.0m @ 13.63 g/t Au, from 320.55m to 321.55m

TABLE 3. Significant intercepts (> 1 g/t Au) from drilling at Wedge Target.

Hole IDTargetZoneFrom (m)To (m)Thick (m)Au (g/t)
WDG-23-001WedgeDVCK 3189.50190.851.3510.10
WDG-23-002WedgeNo Assays > 1 g/t Au
WDG-23-003WedgeDVCK 1 (hw)146.55147.050.502.28
ANDWedgeDVCK 3279.00280.001.001.44
WDG-23-004WedgeDVCK 3 (hw)279.75280.500.753.84
ANDWedgeDVCK 3299.50300.501.002.16
Incl.Wedge 300.00300.500.503.49
ANDWedgeDVCK 3304.15305.151.004.27
WDG-23-005WedgeDVCK 1217.30218.401.101.00
WDG-23-006WedgeDVCK 3320.55321.551.0013.63
WDG-23-007WedgeDVCK 1 219.10220.901.801.50
Incl.Wedge 220.00220.900.902.12
ANDWedgeDVCK 2262.00263.401.401.69
ANDWedgeDVCK 3311.80314.002.201.36
WDG-23-008WedgeNo Assays > 1 g/t Au
WDG-23-009WedgeNo Assays > 1 g/t Au
WDG-23-010WedgeMJ 2156.00159.003.005.50
Incl.Wedge 157.50159.001.5010.50
WDG-23-011WedgeMJ (hw)54.0055.501.501.27
ANDWedgeMJ 3205.50208.503.001.24

*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 ≥ 60% of downhole thickness based on intercept angles observed in the drill core. Under ‘Zone’ column, (hw) is indicating ‘hanging wall to’ and (fw) is indicating ‘footwall to’ main vein zones.


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 SGSNatural 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 50gsample (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 www.sedarplus.ca.

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


Amandip Singh, VP Corporate Development

Tel:  416-203-9181

Email: investors@westredlakegold.com or visit the Company’s website at https://www.westredlakegold.com

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Certain statements contained in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements”. When used in this document, the words “anticipated”, “expect”, “estimated”, “forecast”, “planned”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements or information. These statements are based on current expectations of management, however, they are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this news release and include without limitation, statements relating to the potential of the Madsen Mine and the Wedge Deposit and the Company’s future objectives and plans. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements. West Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd. does not undertake any obligation to revise or update any forward- looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date hereof, except as required by securities laws.

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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