Pam (Porphyry Cu/Au) Huckleberry mine area
2002.92ha (6 claims - 105 cells)
The area was originally staked in 1973 by Hudson Bay Oil and Gas Limited following an airborne magnetic survey flown over approximately 2560 km2 (1000 square miles) the previous year. This survey was followed up the same year with preliminary reconnaissance mapping and geochemical sampling. Magnetic highs concealed by overburden were the primary targets selected for follow-up work by HBOG. In 1973, HBOG carried out a large scale, reconnaissance type, induced polarization survey to evaluate a number of magnetic features in a broad, low-relief area around the northern and eastern flanks of the Sibola Range. Based on the result of this work, HBOG staked a number of claim blocks including three claim blocks (Slide, Sylvia and Pam) which covered separate, coincident induced polarization/magnetic anomalies.
During 1974 and 1975 HBOG carried out follow-up geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys on the properties and drilled 56 small-diameter, percussion holes totalling 2990.6m (9,815 feet), including 1720.6m (5645 feet) in 29 holes on the Pam property. This drilling lead to the discovery of highly anomalous porphyry style, Cu/Mo mineralization on both the Sylvia and Pam claims. The best drill hole on the Pam property averaged 0.11% Cu and 0.01% Mo over the entire bedrock interval of 73.15m (240 feet). Individual 3.05m samples assayed as high as 2000ppm Cu and 570ppm Mo. Depth to bedrock in the percussion drilling program ranged from 3.05m-30.48m. Road building in the 1990s exposed a small mineralized outcropping of altered intrusive rocks containing several percent pyrite and chalcopyrite.
The Pam property was initially acquired by Keefe and Turford in the mid 1990’s and held intermittently since that time. Prospecting was conducted on the property over the years including a limited B-horizon soil sampling program which confirmed previously known weakly anomalous arsenic and gold values throughout the alteration zones. ICP soil results returned four samples over 100ppb Au and range to highs of 763 ppb Au, 254ppm Cu, and 43ppm Mo. A bedrock sample from the southern claims returned 872ppb gold , 350ppm Cu and 319ppm As. A second bedrock sample in the phyllic alteration zone reported 4060ppm Cu, 3705 ppb Ag and 252ppb Au.
In 2011, sampling of this outcrop returned 0.15% Cu, 0.052g/t Au/2.3m (rim to rim). MMI and Ah humus sampling revealed a multi-element anomaly over 400x1500m area including the area surrounding the road showing with Response Ratios (RR) of up to 18.8 x background Au. Ah analyses were completed using a dilute aqua regia solution, so only the soil partical coatings were assayed. These coatings are thought to have been precipitated from ions migrating vertically through the soil profile from an oxidizing sulphide source. Chip sampling of the road trench returned anomalous results of 0.0548% Cu over a 16m length. The subcrop at this location was highly oxidized and friable. Much of the mineralization has been weathered out of the rock leaving rusty bands where sulphide veins had previously existed. Chip sampling of a new gold-zinc showing, 500m south of the road showing, returned 0.82g/t Au, 0.28% Zn/4.5m, 1.46g/t Au, 0.58% Zn/2.5m and grab samples to 4.5g/t Au, 1.21% Zn. An outcrop 300m to the west returned 0.85g/t Au, 0.32% Zn/6m while grab and chip samples between the two showings returned values of 1.308 and 1.414g/t Au with high zinc values.
Additional humus sampling in 2012 revealed a 400m wide (open to the west) multi-element anomaly with RRs of up to 5.2 for Au, 3.9 for Cu, 6 for As, 46.5 for Zn and 118 for Cd, in the vicinity of a new gold-zinc showing in outcrop. Float samples collected more than 100m up-ice from this area retuned values of 1.37g/t Au, 5223ppm Cu and 2851ppm Zn. Samples collected down ice returned values to 2.23g/t Au, 0.116% Cu. The tenure of the “Gold” showing was confirmed with sampling by Stratton Resources. At the eastern gold showing, sample PAM655 returned 0.701g/t Au, 3410ppm Zn, 132ppm Cu and 208ppm As over 4.5m. At the western showing, two samples PAM658 and PAM659 returned 0.177ppm Au, 1050ppm Zn and 0.284ppm Au, 832ppm Zn over 6m and 5m respectively.
Extensive Ah-humus sampling in 2013 identified anomalous base and precious metals in soils over an area 3600m x 2200m. Seventy-eight samples were collected over a number of transects across the property. A 500m wide Ah anomaly was located 1200m along strike to the southwest of the gold showings that returned Response Ratios to 319 x background for gold (95.8ppb Au). A bedrock source for this anomaly has yet to be discovered. Hand pitting of anomalous sample sites between the east and west gold showings resulted in the discovery of subcrop which was sampled. Samples 1043980 and 1043981, returned values of 1.308ppm and 1.414ppm Au respectively. Both samples contained high zinc values.
The Pam property was expanded and optioned to a private BC company in 2018. The company conducted a qualifying work program on the claims in January, 2019. The program consisted of 5050m of IP and 9250m of Magnetic and EM surveys. The IP survey revealed a large, strong anomaly that is a minimum 1,750 meters in an east-west direction and a minimum 500 meters in a north-south direction. The anomaly is open to the east, north, and south, as well as to depth. The causative source of the anomaly is sulphides as evidenced by known showings and percussion drilling within the anomaly area. The anomaly correlates with a mapped phyllic-argillic alteration zone that is indicative of a porphyry copper type deposit. Magnetic highs of low intensity correlate with resistivity highs of low intensity that appear to be reflecting altered intrusives.
In 2022, Ah/pH transects totalling 18.4line km were sampled over the suspected extension of a significant ZTEM anomaly discovered by Surge Copper in 2021. The company flew an extensive airborne survey over their holdings in the area and identified what they referred to as the NE Target, an intense resistive body that measures approximately 4km in diameter. pH measurements have identified four distinct areas of high H+ concentrations with apparent widths between 100m and 950m and strike lengths of 1800m to over 3850m. These H+ anomalies lie on strike of Ah anomalies identified in the 2011-2013 sampling programs and correlate well with the Resistivity high anomaly at Surge Copper's NE Target.
The results for the Ah geochemical sampling program are pending.