Hawthorne Gold Corp.

Hawthorne Gold Corp.

September 09, 2009 08:30 ET

Hawthorne Assays Significant Grades in Surface Trench Vein-400.0 g/t Au Over 0.40 Metres (Uncut); Positive Results Continue From Drilling at Taurus Zone

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2009) - Hawthorne Gold Corp. ("Hawthorne" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:HGC)(PINK SHEETS:HWTHF) is pleased to announce drill results from the Phase II diamond drill program, which consisted of fifteen (15) NTW diamond drill holes totaling 855.20 metres within the Taurus deposit. Initial results from the Phase I drill program achieved our goal of identifying a high grade mineralized gold zone near surface within the Sable zone. Recent drill hole assays received from the Phase II drill program focused on firstly defining the resource at near-surface with the current bulk test pit and secondly, testing for resource potential immediately adjacent the current bulk test pit.

Results from the first nine holes from the Phase II drilling have confirmed that mineralization is continuous from depth to near-surface with grades continuing to meet or exceed expectations. This recent definition drilling confirms the interpreted strike of mineralization as well as establishes the predominant host of the mineralization to be a north-west striking shear zone with off-shoots of extensional veining.

Results from trench TR09-004 demonstrate the potential to increase resources in several zones on or near surface. An intersection of mineralization from 73.40 metres to 78.00 metres, yielding a grade of 37.5 g/t Au (uncut - see table below), demonstrates the strike potential of the resources of the current test pit. This zone lies both along strike of the current test pit, as well as the mineralized zones modeled to date. This particular mineralized intersection within the trench remains open to the south as an access road prevents sampling from 78 metres to 92 metres along strike. Future work will involve moving this access road to allow completion of the trenching in TR09-004 and to determine the actual width and geological nature of the mineralized zone.

"Our exploration team, through targeted short diamond drill holes, was able to quickly define additional mineralization at the Sable Zone for the bulk sample program. The Company has also recently completed a Phase III diamond drill program located on the Hill 88 Zone with a goal of defining an additional near-surface gold zone through systematic trenching and diamond drilling," commented Richard Barclay, President and CEO of Hawthorne.

Of interest, Hole No. TA09-0017 intersected 6.38 metres averaging 4.6 g/t Au, applying a 20 g/t cut off to a sample yielding 75.2 g/t Au over 0.46 metres, from 16.23 - 16.69 metres.

TR09-004 yields bonanza grade of 400.0 g/t Au and 59.2 g/t Ag over 0.40 metres. See additional results below:

FROM TO Width Est. True Au
HOLE (m) (m) (m) Width (m) g/t
TA09-015 6.01 8.81 2.80 2.24 10.7
15.28 17.83 2.55 2.04 3.3

TA09-016 3.76 6.54 2.78 2.22 1.6
11.56 14.64 3.08 2.46 8.4

TA09-017 4.59 5.70 1.11 0.89 3.0
12.25 20.22 7.97 6.38 7.8
(w/ 20g/t cut off) 4.6

TA09-018 16.56 18.99 2.43 1.94 2.6
22.60 27.33 4.73 3.78 7.2

TA09-019 8.22 9.50 1.28 1.02 6.5
13.51 16.76 3.25 2.60 8.9
(w/ 20g/t cut off) 7.0

TA09-020 4.57 9.35 4.78 3.82 4.9

TA09-021 2.72 4.37 1.65 1.32 3.6

TA09-022 7.75 9.40 1.65 1.32 2.5
17.94 21.10 3.16 2.53 2.8

TA09-023 8.40 11.18 2.78 2.22 2.3
14.54 15.55 1.01 0.81 2.2

TR09-004 (trench) 14.10 18.90 4.80 4.80 2.2
58.80 61.40 2.60 2.60 5.2
73.40 78.00 4.60 4.60 37.5
(w/ 20g/t cut off) 4.5
105.50 107.20 1.70 1.70 3.6

The Company has completed the three phase (I, II, III) diamond drill and trenching program within the Taurus zone and has now moved the drill to commence the Phase IV drill program at the Table Mountain zone. The drill plan map for Taurus can be viewed at http://www.hawthornegold.com/s/Taurus.asp.

Following logging of drill core, split core samples were collected and shipped to the primary assay lab ALS Minerals (formerly ALS Chemex) of North Vancouver, BC. Check assays are sent to EcoTech Laboratory (Stewart Group) of Kamloops, BC. Hawthorne's Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) program comprises inserting Standard Reference Materials, preparation duplicates as well as secondary lab check assays.

The goal of the Taurus zone drilling is to delineate a small-tonnage, higher grade near-surface gold zone in excess of 3.5 g/t Au, amenable to open pit mining. Once the zone is defined, the mineralized material could potentially be used as mill feed at the permitted Cassiar Gold Mine when production commences. The Taurus Deposit currently contains a National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 Mineral Inferred Resource Estimate(i) of 1.06 million ounces of gold (33.06 million tonnes grading 1.00 g/t Au).

Michael Petrina, P.Eng., the Company's Vice President of Mining and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.

About Hawthorne Gold Corp.

Hawthorne Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company with key properties in British Columbia, Canada. Hawthorne is led by well-respected mining leaders Richard Barclay and Michael Beley. Hawthorne's goal is to become a junior gold producer by working towards production at Cassiar Gold Mine in Q4 2009 / Q1 2010 and to continue resource development of the nearby Taurus deposit, as well as the Frasergold deposit in the south central British Columbia Cariboo region. Hawthorne continues to review potential acquisitions, focusing on high quality, advanced gold development opportunities.


Richard J. Barclay, President & CEO

Certain information regarding the Company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, access to labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. A feasibility study has not been completed and there is no certainty the disclosed targets will be reached nor that the proposed operations will be economically viable.

(i) The Company has prepared a NI 43-101 report (Wardrop Engineering Inc. - Updated Resource Report on the Taurus Deposit - Liard Mining District, BC - dated March 11, 2009) regarding the Taurus Property and can be viewed at www.sedar.com.

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