Blue Star Gold Drills 13.42 g/t over 7 Metres at Ulu Gold Property and 13.87 g/t over 3 Metres at Hood River Property

Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - September 30, 2020) -  Blue Star Gold Corp. (TSXV: BAU) (FSE: 5WP) ("Blue Star" or the "Company") announces the first assay results from the 7,624 metre diamond drilling program at its Ulu and Hood River properties. The properties are located approximately 525 km NNE of Yellowknife, NT in the Kitikmeot region of western Nunavut. Kugluktuk is approximately 210 km to the NW.

Highlights:

  • 7,624 metres drilled in thirty-eight diamond drill holes

    • Ten holes were drilled at Ulu and Gnu deposits to expand known resources and confirm the geologic model

    • Twenty-eight holes were drilled to test high priority exploration targets on both the Ulu and Hood River properties, including fourteen in the North Fold Nose (NFN) zone

    • Assay results for 3 Flood zone and twelve NFN zone holes returned thus far

  • Highlight gold assay results for the Flood zone:

    • BS2020ULU-002, (9 - 16m): 7 metres (m) of 13.42 g/t gold (Au)

      • Including (12 - 13m): 1 m @ 31.5 g/t Au; and including (13 - 14m): 1 m @ 17.95 g/t Au; and including (14 - 15m): 1 m @ 23 g/t Au; and including (15 - 16m): 1 m @ 13.65 g/t Au

    • BS2020ULU-003, (13 - 22m): 9 m of 8.67 g/t Au

      • Including (19 - 20m): 1 m @ 11.05 g/t Au; and including (20 - 21m): 1 m @ 18.4 g/t Au

    • BS2020ULU-003, (110 - 118m): 8 m of 8.26 g/t Au

      • Including (112 - 113m): 1 m @ 17.95 g/t Au; and including (113 - 114m): 1 m @ 12.45 g/t Au

    • BS2020ULU-003, (154 - 165m): 11 m of 4.24 g/t Au

      • Including (160 - 164m): 4 m @ 8.16 g/t Au

  • Highlight gold assay results for the NFN zone:

    • HR20-013, (109 - 111m): 2 metres (m) of 13.18 g/t gold (Au)

      • Including (109 - 109.5m): 0.5 m @ 50.8 g/t Au

    • HR20-014, (118 - 122m): 4 m @ 7.59 g/t Au

    • HR20-016, (141 - 145m): 4 m @ 6.09 g/t Au

      • Including (144 - 145m): 1 m @ 18.9 g/t Au

    • HR20-017, (164 - 167m): 3 m @ 13.87 g/t Au

      • Including (164 - 165m): 1 m @ 16.35 g/t Au; and including (165 - 166m): 18.3 g/t Au

    • HR20-020, (140 - 144m): 4 m @ 5.52 g/t Au

      • Including (142 - 143m): 1 m @ 6.79 g/t Au

Grant Ewing, the Company's CEO, commented, "Our current 7,624 metre drill program represents the most significant exploration program conducted at the Ulu and Hood River projects in over a decade, and the first drilling campaign completed on the Ulu project since its acquisition by Blue Star. The results reported today indicate the strong potential to increase the scale of our high-grade gold resources and shows the excellent potential for new discoveries on our extensive landholdings. Thirty-eight holes have been drilled during the current program, which will lead to a very active news flow period as we report the balance of the assay results over the coming days."

Ulu and Hood River Properties

The Ulu lease and the contiguous Hood River property together encompass approximately 9,000 ha of highly prospective exploration ground. The Ulu lease hosts the advanced stage Flood and Gnu gold deposits, where a significant high-grade gold resource has been outlined. A series of gold occurrences occur on-strike and north of the Flood gold zone and are thought to be related to the ~5 km long Ulu regional fold that extends from the Ulu lease on to the north Hood River property culminating at the NFN zone. This structure, called the Robb trend, extends from the Flood and Gnu gold zones along the Ulu fold to the north and hosts at least five gold zones in addition to the Flood and Gnu zones (NFN, INT, Bizen, Apex and Contact zones) (see Figure 1, page 5). The Hood River property is contiguous to the Ulu lease to the north, east and south, and hosts over twenty known gold showings (see Figure 2, page 6). Many of the high-priority target areas outside of the Flood zone have only been tested with relatively shallow drilling, and the potential throughout the properties to host new discoveries at depth is considered high. Refer to the link to view a 3-D model of the Flood and Gnu deposits (https://bluestargold.ca/projects/ulu/flood-gnu-resource-3d-model/).

Next Steps, Upcoming Milestones

  • The Company is entering a period of very active news flow as assay results from the balance of the drill holes will be reported over the coming days

  • Plans underway to update the Flood and Gnu zone resource estimates following assessment of all the Summer/Fall 2020 drilling program data. The Flood and Gnu zones have excellent resource expansion potential and it is anticipated that the first estimate for the NFN zone will also be completed

  • Planning for an aggressive 2021 exploration program, ~12,000 - 15,000 metres of diamond drilling scheduled to further expand the resource base and test numerous high priority drill targets throughout the Ulu and Hood River properties

2020 Exploration Program Summary

The program entailed 7,624 metres of diamond drilling in thirty-eight diamond drill holes on the Ulu and Hood River properties. The Flood zone holes were drilled to; provide additional geologic information and confirm certain aspects of the geologic model of the deposit, to improve drill hole density and allow for possible upgrading of the resource category, and to expand the resource base. The Contact zone holes were drilled to test a high priority target zone where no resource estimate has been established yet.

Several high priority exploration targets were tested on north Hood River. No resource estimates have been completed at these zones yet, but it is anticipated that enough drill data will exist for the first resource estimate on the NFN zone following the current program.

Table 1: Ulu Project Diamond Drill Hole Summary:

Hole Name Project NameTarget NameAzimuthDipTotal Metres Drilled
BS2020ULU-001ULU PROJECTFLOOD17-65400
BS2020ULU-002ULU PROJECTFLOOD270-5017
BS2020ULU-003ULU PROJECTFLOOD270-55350
BS2020ULU-004ULU PROJECTFLOOD205-62641
BS2020ULU-005ULU PROJECTFLOOD230-57536
BS2020ULU-006ULU PROJECTFLOOD216-61542
BS2020ULU-007ULU PROJECTGNU27-50170
BS2020ULU-008ULU PROJECTGNU27-65101
BS2020ULU-009ULU PROJECTGNU27-45130.5
BS2020ULU-010ULU PROJECTGNU27-60142
BS2020ULU-011ULU PROJECT CONTACT234-55284
BS2020ULU-012ULU PROJECTCONTACT275-50383
Total



3696.5 m

 

Table 2: Hood River Project Diamond Drill Hole Summary:

Hole Name Project NameTarget NameAzimuth DipTotal Metres Drilled
HR20-013HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN40-55126
HR20-014HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN40-73151
HR20-015HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN240-79181
HR20-016HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN240-58210.5
HR20-017HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN240-45215
HR20-018HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN67-86211
HR20-019HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN67-73164
HR20-020HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN67-55154
HR20-021HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN67-76148
HR20-022HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN67-88163
HR20-023HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN67-85109
HR20-024HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN40-60121
HR20-025HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN246-70101
HR20-026HOOD RIVER PROJECT NFN245-48133
HR20-027HOOD RIVER PROJECT INT356-45100
HR20-028HOOD RIVER PROJECT INT356-70145
HR20-029HOOD RIVER PROJECT BIZEN90-45314
HR20-030HOOD RIVER PROJECT APEX290-45300.7
HR20-031HOOD RIVER PROJECT APEX180-45161
HR20-032HOOD RIVER PROJECT APEX180-75111.5
HR20-033HOOD RIVER PROJECT CROWN45-45149
HR20-034HOOD RIVER PROJECT CROWN45-8589
HR20-035HOOD RIVER PROJECT CROWN290-55152
HR20-036HOOD RIVER PROJECT SOUTH PENTHOUSE 15-60107
HR20-037HOOD RIVER PROJECT SOUTH PENTHOUSE 15-8546
HR20-038HOOD RIVER PROJECT SOUTH PENTHOUSE 1-7062
Total



3924.7 m

 

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Figure 1: Ulu Property, Robb Trend:

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Figure 2: Ulu and Hood River Properties:

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Assay results for 3 holes returned from the Flood zone:

Hole IDIncludes/AndFrom (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)
BS2020ULU-001
787912.9512.4

24324524.650.2
INCLUDES243244.11.17.850.2

29529941.2350.2
BS2020ULU-002
2750.9740.1

3411.260.2

5611.590.1

916713.420.3
INCLUDES1213131.50.7
AND1314117.950.4
AND14151230.5
AND1516113.650.3
BS2020ULU-003
2531.10.1

121311.450.1

132298.670.4
INCLUDES1920111.050.3
INCLUDES2021118.40.7

252835.530.3

323647.840.3
INCLUDES3233115.40.4

727316.080.5

747954.470.3
INCLUDES7475114.50.6

939411.180.2

9710695.850.5
INCLUDES101104312.420.9

11011888.260.5
INCLUDES112113117.952.1
AND113114112.450.2

154165114.240.4
INCLUDES16016448.160.7

17517611.060.3

20520611.690.3

25025113.60.2

30830910.420.1

 

Assay results for twelve holes returned from the NFN zone:

Hole IDIncludes/AndFrom (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)
HR20-013
109111213.186.7
INCLUDES109109.50.550.824.4
HR20-014
11812247.593.9
HR20-015
13213421.220.6
HR20-016
14114546.098.1
INCLUDES144145118.93.1
HR20-017
164167313.871.6
INCLUDES164165116.351.3
AND165166118.32.2
HR20-018
12712929.10.3
INCLUDES128129117.90.5
HR20-019
15015110.560.4
HR20-020
14014445.521.5
INCLUDES14114213.671.0
AND14214316.791.5
HR20-022
14014333.650.6

13914121.680.6
HR20-023
86.789.32.61.870.9
HR20-024
909222.421.5
HR20-025
8688220.3

 

*Note that intervals listed above are core length, and not true width

At the NFN zone, high grade gold mineralization occurs within a folded and sheared quartz-flooded zone at the contact between meta-volcanic and metasedimentary rocks. The mineralized zone extends for more than 50 metres along strike, has an approximate average thickness of 2.5 metres and has been traced for over 130 metres down dip. This structure remains open along strike and to depth. Metallurgical test work on the NFN mineralization compares favourably with the Flood zone, which has shown that gold is recoverable in amounts greater than 90% recovery with simple and conventional processing methodology.

QA/QC Program for the 2020 Exploration Work

All drill core was logged and sampled in secure core processing structures located at the Ulu or Hood River camps. Drill core samples were collected by either cutting the core in half using diamond saws or by splitting the core half using hydraulic core splitters. In addition to the QA/QC protocols of ALS Global, the Company maintains its own program of inserting Standard Reference material in the form of standards and blanks into the sampling stream, prior to being shipped to ALS's preparation facility in Yellowknife.

History and Geology of the Ulu and Hood River Gold Properties

The properties are located approximately 525 km NNE of Yellowknife, NT in the Kitikmeot region of western Nunavut. Kugluktuk is approximately 210 km to the NW.

The Ulu property consists of a renewable 21-year mining lease and covers an area of approximately 947 ha. The lease hosts an advanced gold project that between 1989 and 2012 saw significant exploration and development by BHP Minerals and Echo Bay Mines, among others. The past work includes approximately 1.7 km of underground development and approximately 405 diamond drill holes that produced 97,820 m of core (Ulu and Hood River). The Flood Zone contains the bulk of the Ulu gold resource and is open on-strike and at depth. Overall resources of 2.50 million tonnes grading 7.53 g/t Au for 605,000 gold ounces (measured & indicated category) and 1.26 million tonnes grading 5.57 g/t Au for 226,000 gold ounces (inferred category) have been estimated for the Flood and Gnu zones (refer to "Technical Report on the Ulu Gold Property, Nunavut, Canada" dated July 10, 2015). The deepest intersection of mineable width at the Flood zone is 14.9 g/t Au over 7.7 m in BHP's drill hole 90VD-75 at 610 m below surface. Metallurgical testing on the Flood zone gold mineralization has shown that gold is recoverable in amounts greater than 90% by gravity, flotation and cyanidation.

The Hood River property is contiguous to the Ulu lease to the north, east and south. The property is held through a renewable, 20-year Mineral Exploration Agreement with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. The highly prospective property encompasses 8,015 ha. At least 22 known gold showings have been identified on the property. The exploration target for the property is shear-hosted gold mineralization similar to the Flood zone on the adjacent Ulu lease.

A series of gold occurrences occur on-strike and north of the Flood gold zone and are thought to be related to the ~5 km long Ulu regional fold that extends from the Ulu lease onto the north Hood River property culminating at the NFN zone. This structure, called the Robb trend, extends from the Flood and Gnu gold zones along the Ulu fold to the north and hosts at least five gold zones in addition to the Flood and Gnu zones (NFN, INT, Bizen, Apex and Contact zones).

Gossanous auriferous rocks hosted within mafic volcanic units at or close to the contact with meta-greywacke rocks occur along the Robb trend. The gold mineralization is commonly enveloped by an alteration halo of biotite-actinolite-quartz. The mineralized zones are believed to be the result of brittle-ductile failure caused by regional stresses during different deformation stages. Along sedimentary-volcanic contacts, regional folding causing shearing, due to lithological competency contrasts, resulted in minor dilatancy. These dilatational zones were in-filled with the gold-arsenic-rich hydrothermal fluids. Mineralization shows pinch and swell style.

Several high-grade gold occurrences also occur on the east Hood River property, including the Crown and Penthouse zones, where gold trends with similarities to the Robb trend may exist. In addition, many unnamed gold occurrences exist on the two properties, where further prospecting is required to advance the showings to target zones. The large number of high-grade gold showings that occur throughout the properties provide for excellent resource expansion potential at multiple targets.

Supplementing the high-grade gold resources, the Ulu project includes a substantial inventory of capital equipment, a Weatherhaven camp with shop and a 1,200 m long airstrip. The site of the future deep-water port at Grays Bay is 100 km to the north of the properties, and the proposed route corridor for the all-weather Grays Bay road passes in proximity to the Ulu and Hood River projects.

Ulu Resource Estimate

 ClassificationGold TonnageGold GradeGold Contained
 
Cut-off (g/t)Tonnesg/tOz
Flood Zone




 Measured> 4.01,000,0008.48272,000
 Indicated> 4.01,500,0006.90333,000
 Measured & Indicated> 4.02,500,0007.53605,000
 




 Inferred> 4.0891,0005.57160,000
 




 




 Gnu Zone




 Inferred> 4.0370,0005.5766,000
 




 Total - Flood and Gnu Zones




 Measured & Indicated> 4.02,500,0007.53605,000
 Inferred> 4.01,261,0005.57226,000

 
Notes to the Resource Estimate

  1. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of mineral resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant issues.
  2. Confidence in the estimate of Inferred Mineral Resources is insufficient to allow the meaningful application of technical and economic parameters. There is no guarantee that all or any part of a mineral resource can or will be converted into a mineral reserve.
  3. The mineral resources in this estimate were calculated using the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ("CIM"), CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines prepared by the CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions and adopted by CIM Council.
  4. The reliability and accuracy of downhole surveys in 188 of 313 drill holes in the resource area are in question due to their lack of proper measurements. For these holes, the QPs have imposed an average demonstrated predictability of drill hole deflection that are present in holes on the property that do have proper downhole measurements. In the opinion of the QPs, this is a more reasonable assumption than assuming straight line drill holes.
  5. The following parameters were used to derive the cut-off: CA$100/t mining costs, CA$25/t processing costs and CA$10/t G&A; transporting gravity and flotation concentrate to the Lupin to produce dore with a CA$25/t transport cost; CA$1500/oz gold price; process recoveries of 90%, smelter payables of Au at 96% and refining charges of Au CA$12/oz.
  6. The Company filed its technical report, titled "Technical Report on the Ulu Gold Property, Nunavut, Canada" dated July 10, 2015 from which the table of resources was taken. Gary Giroux, P.Eng. of Giroux Consulting Inc., Bob Singh, P.Geo. of North Face Software Ltd. and Paul Cowley, P.Geo. of Buena Tierra Developments Ltd., are Qualified Persons as defined in NI 43-101 and were responsible for the preparation of the Technical Report.
  7. An updated resource estimate is planned, as there are a number of new variables that apply, including; gold price, exchange rate, fuel costs, and the fact that the Lupin minesite would no longer be the processing site.

Qualified Person

Warren Robb P.Geo. a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101"), has reviewed and approved the geological information contained in this news release.

About Blue Star Gold Corp.

Blue Star is a Vancouver-based gold and silver company focused on exploration and development within Nunavut, Canada. The Company owns the Ulu Gold Property lease, an advanced gold and silver project, and the highly prospective Hood River gold concessions that are contiguous with the Ulu mining lease. The combined properties total approximately 9,000 ha of prospective mineral claims within which the Company has a significant high-grade gold resource on the Ulu lease, and numerous high-grade gold occurrences and priority targets throughout the Ulu and Hood River properties.

Blue Star has 164.8 million shares outstanding and is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol: BAU and on the Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol: 5WP. For information on the Company and its projects, please visit our website: www.bluestargold.ca.

For further information, please contact:
Grant Ewing, P. Geo., CEO
Telephone: +1 778-379-1433
Email: info@bluestargold.ca

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