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Karus Gold Drills 13.9 Meters of 3.01 g/t Gold within Broader Interval of 74.3 Meters of 1.06 g/t Gold at FG Gold

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Results confirm 200 m minimum strike length of high-grade corridor below FG Gold.

Vancouver, BC, May 18, 2022 – Karus Gold Corp. (“Karus Gold” or the “Company”) announces additional high-grade gold drill results including 13.9 meters (“m”) of 3.01 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold within a broader interval of 74.3 m of 1.06 g/t gold confirming the presence of high-grade gold corridors below historical drilling at the FG Gold Project (“Project” or “FG Gold”), part of the Company’s 1,000 square kilometer (“km”) South Cariboo Gold District in British Columbia (Figure 1).

Highlights

  • FG-21-402 confirms continuity of Vein Corridor 1 gold mineralization in the core of FG Gold:
    • 74.3 m of 1.06 g/t gold, including 13.9 m of 3.01 g/t gold.
  • FG-21-406 confirms the continuity of Corridor 1 gold mineralization for 100 m along strike to the SE from FG-21-401, remaining open at depth:
    • 116.2 m of 0.62 g/t gold at 198.7 m downhole, including 5.3 m of 2.3 g/t gold, and 11.25 m of 1.16 g/t gold.
  • FG-21-404 confirms continuation of gold mineralization in Corridor 3, 50 m to the northwest of FG-20-377.
    • 8.65 m of 3.17 g/t gold at 330 m downhole.
    • 48.9 m of 1 g/t gold at 347 m downhole, including 19.2 m of 1.7 g/t gold, and 6.2 m of 2.98 g/t gold.
  • Project remains underexplored along a >20-km trend, providing many opportunities to expand the footprint of gold mineralization and for new discoveries on-strike and downdip.

Karus Gold’s Vice-President of Exploration, Michael Tucker, comments, “FG-21-402 further confirms the presence of the higher-grade gold corridor below historical FG Gold drilling and validates the structural interpretation of the trend of higher-grade plunging gold zones.  FG-21-406 further validate the structural orientation of the gold-bearing corridors.  FG-21-404 is a great step in expanding higher grade gold zones at depth to the northwest where the gold corridors should come close to topographic surface.”

Exploration Program Details

Nineteen large diameter (HQ) oriented core drill holes for a total of 7,142 m in 19 diamond drill holes were completed between July and September, 2021 (Figure 2).  The drill program was designed to demonstrate continuity of gold mineralization within vein corridors through 25 and 50 m spaced drill holes along trend.  The program targeted the continuation of known gold-mineralized [orogenic] quartz veins further down dip and along strike within prospective and un-tested regions of the targeted [phyllite] host rock.

Assays from holes FG-21-404, FG-21-408 and FG-21-406 are reported in this news release.  Assays for the remaining nine holes of the 2021 drill program will be released as they are received. A plan map of the drill collars and traces is included in Figure 2, including the location of the cross sections in Figure 3 and Figure 4.

Table of Significant Drill Results

Hole ID Zone From
(m)
To
(m)
Length
(m)
Au Grade
(gpt)
 
FG-21-399 Corridor 1 183 203.1 20.1 0.27
FG-21-399 Corridor 1 272 290.15 18.15 0.23
FG-21-402 Corridor 1 201.5 275.8 74.3 1.06
inc. Corridor 1 202.75 216.65 13.9 3.01
inc. Corridor 1 238.8 249.2 10.4 0.82
FG-21-404 Corridor 3 330 338.65 8.65 3.17
FG-21-404 Corridor 3 347.1 396 48.9 0.99
inc. Corridor 3 375.9 395.1 19.2 1.7
inc. Corridor 3 375.9 382.1 6.2 2.98
FG-21-404 Corridor 3 420 434.6 14.6 0.38
FG-21-405 Corridor 1 179.75 202.75 23 0.53
FG-21-405 Corridor 1 213 217.23 4.23 1.27
FG-21-405 Corridor 1 228.4 234.85 6.45 0.86
FG-21-406 Corridor 1 198.7 314.9 116.2 0.62
inc. Corridor 1 269.4 274.7 5.3 2.3
inc. Corridor 1 303.65 314.9 11.25 1.16
FG-21-407 Corridor 1 224.9 236.5 11.6 0.71
FG-21-407 Corridor 1 258.8 265.5 6.7 0.69
FG-21-408 Corridor 1 310.94 317.75 6.81 1.67
FG-21-408 Corridor 1 354.7 364.9 10.2 0.52
FG-21-408 Corridor 1 379 389.7 10.7 0.56
FG-21-408 Corridor 1 405 415.2 10.2 0.66
FG-21-409 Corridor 1 235.2 246.23 11.03 1.04
inc. Corridor 1 237 243 6 1.48
FG-21-409 Corridor 1 254.5 267.4 12.9 0.55
FG-21-409 Corridor 1 276.1 300.3 24.2 0.44
inc.   276.1 282.95 6.85 0.87
FG-21-410 No significant results
  1. Karus Gold has not been able to determine true width yet due to complexity of the vein structures within the mineralized zones.  The 2020 drill program was designed to better understand the geometry and how the mineralized zones are related.  The orientation of individual quartz veins within the mineralized zones are quite variable.  Reported widths are drill indicated core length and not true width, for the reasons above.  Average grades are calculated with un-capped gold assays, as insufficient drilling has been completed to determine capping levels for higher grade gold intercepts.  2. Drilling data on the Lower Zone is currently limited and the true thickness and orientation of the zone is not firmly known.  However, based on current data, it is estimated that intercept represents ~50%-75% of the true thickness of the zone.  3. Composites are calculated using a 0.3 g/t Au cutoff, incorporating no more than 7 m downhole dilution. Higher grade composite sections are calculated using a 1 g/t and 3g/t cutoff incorporating no more than 5 m downhole dilution.  Screen metallic assay data is utilized preferentially over standard fire assay analysis where available as it is more representative of the true sample value due to the increased sample volume processed and the multiple gold size fractions analyzed.  

Next steps

Assays from the 2021 FG drill program and district area program are being processed and we expect to begin reporting assay through H1 2021.  Based on these results, Karus Gold will begin preparing for a 2022 exploration program that will be directed toward expanding the high-grade gold vein corridors at FG Gold which remain open along strike and at depth.

Regional Geology

The FG Gold property straddles the boundary between the Omineca and Intermontane tectonic belts of the Canadian Cordillera.  The eastward emplacement of the Intermontane Belt onto the Omineca Belt along the Eureka Thrust Fault caused widespread regional metamorphism and structural deformation of both Belts.  The regional scale, northwest trending, shallowly plunging, Eureka Syncline is one of the dominant resulting structures in the project area.  Rocks in the core of the Eureka Syncline are comprised of basalt, augite porphyry flows, tuffs and volcanic breccias at dominantly lower greenschist metamorphic grade; they are structurally emplaced onto metavolcanic and sedimentary rocks of the Quesnel Terrane.  The Quesnel Terrane is recognized for its prevalence of copper, gold and molybdenum mines and showings such as those at Highland Valley, Boss Mountain, QR and Mount Polley.

Property Geology

The FG Gold Project consists of 35 claims, totaling 13,008 hectares, in the eastern Cariboo region of central British Columbia is located ~100 km east of Williams Lake, British Columbia. Rocks that host FG Gold are predominantly black (“knotted”) phyllites of the Middle Triassic Slocan Group (Quesnel Terrane). These rocks, together with the Upper Triassic Nicola Group, form the northeast limb of the northwest-trending Eureka Syncline, which is situated southwest of the Eureka thrust fault; this fault represents the suture between sedimentary and volcanic rocks of the Middle-Upper Triassic Quesnel Terrane and Devonian and older rocks of ancestral North America. Gold mineralization at FG Gold is contained in a quartz-carbonate-gold vein system and considered to be a sediment-hosted orogenic gold deposit. Typical of these types of deposits, mineralization occurs as native gold within highly deformed quartz-Fe carbonate veins that contain locally abundant pyrite and pyrrhotite.  Gold bearing veins are heavily modified by a minimum of two phases of post-emplacement deformation which imposes a strong control on the orientation of the gold bearing vein corridors.

FG Gold is part of Karus Gold’s 1,000 km2 South Cariboo Gold District which hosts 110 km of the Eureka thrust structural trend (“Trend”) that drives gold mineralization in the District.  The Trend is highly prospective for orogenic gold deposits, some of largest in the world, and includes the Company’s Gold Creek Project.  The Cariboo region is accessible with local power, well developed road network and skilled local labour from multiple current and past operating mines.

More information is available with respect to the FG Gold Project on the NI 43-101 technical report dated November 26, 2021 “Technical Report on the South Cariboo Gold Property” filed under Karus Gold’s Profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Karus Gold’s website at www.karusgold.com.

Collar Table

Hold ID Depth Azimuth Dip Easting Northing Elevation
FG-21-399 323 40.23 -57.36 665384 5797208 1600
FG-21-402 362 51.68 -66.86 665384 5797208 1600
FG-21-404 519 44.18 -85.05 664889 5797594 1628
FG-21-405 359 33.02 -85.73 665384 5797208 1600
FG-21-406 348 41.81 -74.09 665215 5797393 1605
FG-21-407 359 40.9 -54.81 665333 5797218 1611
FG-21-408 516 40.24 -70.29 664889 5797594 1628
FG-21-409 362 39.32 -63.48 665333 5797218 1611
FG-21-410 159 39.65 -72.78 665333 5797218 1611

QA/QC and Qualified Person

Once the drill core was received from the drill site, individual samples were determined, logged for geological attributes, sawn in half, labelled, and bagged for assay submittal.  The remaining drill core was then stored at a secure site in Horsefly, BC.  The Company inserted quality control samples at regular intervals within the sample stream which included blanks, preparation duplicates, and standard reference materials with all sample shipments intended to monitor laboratory performance.  Sample shipment was conducted under a chain of custody procedure. 

Drill core samples were submitted to Bureau Veritas’ analytical facility in Vancouver, BC for preparation and analysis. Sample preparation included drying and weighing the samples, crushing the entire sample, and pulverizing 250 grams (“g”).  Analysis for gold was by method FA450: 50g fire assay fusion with atomic absorption (AAS) finish with a lower limit of 0.005 ppm and upper limit of 10 ppm. Gold assays greater than 10ppm are automatically analyzed by method FA550: 50g fire assay fusion with a gravimetric fusion.

Bureau Veritas is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for gold assays, and all analytical methods include quality control materials at set frequencies with established data acceptance criteria. Parameters for Bureau Veritas' internal and Karus Gold's external blind quality control samples were acceptable for the analyzes returned.

Technical information with respect to FG Gold contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Andrew Kaip, P.Geo., who is Karus Gold's CEO and is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the technical matters of this news release.

Listing Update

As previously disclosed in the September 23, 2021 news release, Karus Gold filed an updated listing application in October 2021 and continues to work with the TSXV to complete the listing process. 

About Karus Gold

Karus Gold is 100% owner of the 1,000 km2 South Caribou Gold District that includes the drill-stage FG Gold and Gold Creek projects in British Columbia.  Karus Gold is supported by strategic investors Yamana Gold Inc. and Eric Sprott; and insiders, together with the management and Board, own approximately 60% of the basic shares outstanding.

Further information on Karus Gold and its assets can be found on the Company’s website at www.karusgold.com and at www.sedar.com, or by contacting us as [email protected] or by telephone at (888) 455-7620.

On behalf of Karus Gold

”Andrew Kaip”
Chief Executive Officer
(647) 515-7858

Investor Relations
David Jan
Investor Relations
[email protected]
888-455-7620 (toll free)

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to the future operations of the Company and other statements that are not historical facts.  Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as "will", "may", "should", "anticipate", "expects", “suggests” and similar expressions.  All statements other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the future plans and objectives of the Company are forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our business.  Management believes that these assumptions are reasonable.  Forward looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information.

Such factors include, among others: risks related to exploration and development activities at the Company’s projects, and factors relating to whether or not mineralization extraction will be commercially viable; risks related to the hazards and risks normally encountered in the exploration of minerals, such as unusual and unexpected geological formations; uncertainties regarding regulatory matters, including obtaining permits and complying with laws and regulations governing exploration, development, production, taxes, labour standards, occupational health, waste disposal, toxic substances, land use, environmental protection, site safety and other matters, and the potential for existing laws and regulations to be amended or more stringently implemented by the relevant authorities; risks related to title to the Company’s properties, including the risk that the Company’s title may be challenged or impugned by third parties; the ability of the Company to access necessary resources, including mining equipment and crews, on a timely basis and at reasonable cost; competition within the mining industry for the discovery and acquisition of properties from other mining companies, many of which have greater financial, technical and other resources than the Company, for, among other things, the acquisition of mineral claims, leases and other mineral interests as well as for the recruitment and retention of qualified employees and other personnel; access to suitable infrastructure, such as roads, energy and water supplies in the vicinity of the Company’s properties; and risks related to the stage of the Company’s development, including risks relating to limited financial resources, limited availability of additional financing and potential dilution to existing shareholders; reliance on its management and key personnel; inability to obtain adequate or any insurance; exposure to litigation or similar claims; currently unprofitable operations; risks regarding the ability of the Company and its management to manage growth; and potential conflicts of interest.

Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this news release and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or results, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.  There can be no assurance that forward-looking information 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 information.

Figure 1. Location of the 1,000 km2 South Cariboo Gold District 1,000 km2 South Cariboo Gold District

ion of the 1,000 km<

Figure 2. Location of FG Gold Diamond Drill Holes and Section Lines

Location of FG Gold Diamond Drill Holes and Section Lines

Figure 3. Cross Section A to A’ showing FG-21-404 and FG-21-408 (View to Northwest)

Cross Section A to A

Figure 4. Cross Section B to B’ showing FG-21-406 (View to Northwest)

Cross Section B to B

Figure 5. Cross Section C to C’ showing FG-21-407, FG-21-409 and FG-21-410 (View to Northwest)

Cross Section C to C

Figure 6. Cross Section D to D’ showing FG-21-399, FG-21-402, FG-21-405 (View to Northwest)

Cross Section D to D

Figure 7. Long section highlighting pierce points of released holes

Long section highlighting pierce points of released holes