April 20, 2011
Crosshair Exploration & Mining Corp. (NYSE Amex: CXZ) (TSX: CXX) is pleased to announce that the final results from the trenching and bulk sampling program carried out on the Golden Promise Property in central Newfoundland, Canada have been received. The Property is a Joint Venture with Paragon Minerals Corporation (TSX.V: PGR), whereby Crosshair currently owns 60%. The purpose of the program was to determine the recoverability of the gold and to accurately determine the quantity of gold in a portion of the deposit.
A total of 2,174 tonnes (t) were delivered to the Nugget Pond Mill in Baie Verte, Newfoundland owned and operated by Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited (AIM:RMM) (TSX.V: RAB). Two gold bars weighing 5.37 kilograms (kg) were poured and shipped to Johnson Matthey Limited ("Johnson Matthey") in Toronto for refining. In addition to the bars, the ball mill and SAG mill were cleaned out and 482.5 kg of concentrate were also shipped to Johnson Matthey for treatment and refining.
After refining, the bars and the mill concentrate produced a total of 313.59 ounces of gold and 23.05 ounces of silver which were sold for net receipts of CDN$430,001.85 after treatment charges.
Based on the mill records and the total gold recovered, the average recovered gold grade was 4.47 g/t gold. The average tails grade was 1.12 g/t gold indicating a back-calculated head grade of 5.59 g/t gold with an 80% recovery. While an overall recovery of 80% is positive it is lower than predicted by the bench scale test work. It is believed that the lower than expected recovery is due to the presence of carbonaceous material in the waste rock. In future, this issue can be mitigated by modifying the circuit to a carbon in leach process as opposed to a carbon in pulp process. This would result in a minor modification to the flow sheet which will be further refined in future metallurgical test programs.
For reconciliation purposes, Crosshair compared the head grade with the estimated sample grade using the block model prepared in April 2008 by Gary Giroux, P.Eng. which stated an inferred resource of 921,000t at 3.02 g/t gold (for further details, please refer to:http://www.crosshairexploration.com/s/GoldenPromise.asp). Assuming a 2 metre (m) deep trench and 25% dilution, Gary Giroux determined that the bulk sample would have had a tonnage of 2,125 t at an average grade of 4.42 g/t.
"With the above results, it is easy to see that the actual grade of the vein is approximately 26% higher than the block model projection due to the high-nugget gold effect, which is expected for these types of deposits," says Stewart Wallis, President and CEO of Crosshair.
After the bedrock was exposed, channel samples were taken of the vein in addition to samples of the blast holes. Fifty-two (52) channel samples ranging from 161.65 g/t gold over 0.7 m to 0.006 g/t gold over 0.5 m had a weighted average of 10.61 g/t gold. Samples were assayed at Accurassy Laboratories in Thunder Bay, Ontario using standard 50 gram fire assay techniques with those samples containing visible gold being analyzed using metallic screen methods.
Based on the above, Crosshair believes that the current resource can be considered conservative and understates the amount of contained gold. A new resource statement that includes the 2010 drilling and surface sampling will be carried out later this year.
Detailed sample results and photos of the trenching, bulk sampling and gold pour are posted on the Crosshair website at:http://www.crosshairexploration.com/s/GoldenPromise.asp
Stewart Wallis, P.Geo., President and CEO of Crosshair, Gary Giroux, P.Eng., and Hoe Teh, P.Eng., independent metallurgical consultant, are all Qualified Persons as defined by NI 43-101 and have all reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
Crosshair is a prominent player in the exploration and development of uranium, vanadium and gold in the US and Canada. Its flagship projects, Bootheel and Juniper Ridge, are both located in uranium mining friendly Wyoming. Bootheel has exceeded the minimum mining threshold and with its in-situ mining potential, is designed for near term production. The CMB Uranium/Vanadium Project is located in Labrador, Canada and has four currently defined resources - C Zone, Area 1, Armstrong and Two Time Zone. The Crosshair team is comprised of knowledgeable and experienced professionals with both exploration and mining backgrounds.
For more information on Crosshair and its properties, please visit the website at www.crosshairexploration.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE CROSSHAIR BOARD
"Mark J. Morabito"
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