VMS Ventures Inc.

VMS Ventures Inc.

August 09, 2011 12:44 ET

VMS Reports 5.94% Copper Over 2.23 Metres in Drill Hole RLE007 From Follow-Up Drilling of New Copper Zone Located 1.8 Kilometres Northeast of the Reed Copper Deposit

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - VMS Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:VMS) ("VMS") is pleased to announce follow-up results from the new high grade copper zone discovery on its Super Zone property located 1.8 kilometres northeast of the Reed Copper deposit. The Super Zone and Northwest Zone properties are part of a parcel of four property packages adjacent to the Reed Copper deposit which are under option to HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) ("HudBay").

Four holes were completed. Two holes, RLE007 and RLE009, are on the Super Zone property and two other holes, RLE008 and RLE010, are on the Northwest Zone property. Assay results and hole collar information are tabulated below.

The two Super Zone holes tested the high grade copper zone discovered in May in hole RLE006 (VMS Ventures news release dated May 17, 2011). The first hole, RLE007, intersected two zones of mineralization. The first was 2.23 metres long and averaged 5.94% copper. It occurred from 121.75 to 123.98 metres down the hole. The second zone occurred from 214.20 to 238.90 metres down the hole. This broad, 24.70 metre, interval averaged 0.21% copper and 1.18% zinc. The second hole, RLE009, intersected chlorite schist, possibly related to a hydrothermal alteration halo.

Both Northwest Zone holes encountered chloritized rhyolite and chlorite schist, but no economic mineralization. A borehole pulse electromagnetic survey of RLE008 did, however, detect an interesting anomaly close to the hole and it will be followed-up later this summer.

HudBay has the right to earn a 70% joint venture interest in the option properties. Two drills continue to work the option properties concentrating on the high grade copper zone, other geophysical anomalies as well as targets associated with the Reed Copper deposit.

Neil Richardson, VMS' Chief Operating Officer states: "We are pleased with the results to date on this high grade copper discovery. HudBay has now completed four holes and three of them have returned significant results. Drilling will continue to focus on this area where the geophysical anomaly associated with the mineralization has been traced over a 1 kilometre length."

Option Properties Assay Data:

Cu % Zn % Au (g/t) Ag (g/t)
RLE007 121.75 123.98 2.23 5.94 0.27 0.40 5.50
214.20 238.90 24.70 0.21 1.18 0.08 0.79
RLE008-010 inclusive No Significant Assays
*True widths unknown*

Option Properties Collar Information:

East (1)
North (1)
Elevation (1)
Dip Length
RLE007 395050.00 6050455.00 295.00 358.00 -55.00 334.00
RLE008 390787.00 6050760.00 295.00 180.00 -50.00 209.00
RLE009 395050.00 6050455.00 295.00 358.00 -70.00 368.00
RLE010 392005.00 6050655.00 295.00 180.00 -60.00 119.00
(1) Universal Transverse Mercator / North American Datum 1983 / Zone 14
(2) "Azimuth" is degrees from True North

Reed Copper Deposit Joint Venture

A preliminary economic assessment and technical activities required for permitting, including metallurgical and geotechnical testing and mine design, are underway with the expectation of a construction decision by year-end.

On July 6, 2010 VMS and HudBay announced they had entered into a joint venture agreement in which HudBay and VMS have 70% and 30% interests, respectively, in the Reed Copper deposit and two claims immediately south of the deposit. The parties have also entered into four option agreements which grant HudBay the right to earn a 70% interest in properties held by VMS and adjacent to the Reed Copper deposit property.

For additional details on the Reed Copper deposit, see VMS' NI 43-101 compliant technical report entitled "Technical Report Reed Deposit, Central Manitoba, Canada" dated March 31, 2011, available at www.sedar.com.

Qualified Person

All technical information in this release has been reviewed by Dr. Mark Fedikow, P.Geo, who is the Qualified Person for the Company and Vice President of Exploration and Technical Services, VMS Ventures Inc.

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Exploration core drilling was NQ size. The core was logged and mineralized intersections were marked for sampling and assaying by geologists and geotechnicians employed by HudBay's Hudson Bay Exploration and Development Company Limited (HBED) subsidiary. The marked intersections or intervals were sawn in half by a diamond saw and one half of the core was placed in plastic bags and tagged with unique sample numbers, while the second half was returned to the core box and stored. Each bagged core sample was transported to HudBay's Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited (HBMS) subsidiary's assay laboratory in Flin Flon, Manitoba where it was dried, crushed and pulverized and a 250-gram sample was prepared for assaying at Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd., an independent company in Vancouver, B.C., or the HBMS assay laboratory. From each 250 gram sample 0.25 grams was removed and leached in aqua regia and analyzed by ICP-AES for Ag, Cu, Zn, As, Pb, Ni and Fe. Also from the 250 gram sample, 30 grams were removed for gold determination by fire assaying with an ICP-AES or gravimetric finish at the Acme laboratory or an Atomic Absorption or gravimetric finish at the HBMS laboratory.

Assaying integrity is monitored internally with a quality control program, which includes the use of assay sample standards, blanks, duplicates and repeats and externally through national and international programs. In addition, within each group of 20 core samples, one core sample has a second 250 gram split collected that was check assayed at a different laboratory, either the HBMS laboratory in Flin Flon or at the Acme laboratory in Vancouver, B.C. This news release provides core lengths and estimates of vertical thickness only. True widths are not provided. Where metal assays are provided for intersections they are either a single assay of a sample of the entire intersection length or a composite of assays calculated from interval weighted assays over the intersection length.

About VMS Ventures Inc.

VMS Ventures Inc. is focused primarily on acquiring, exploring and developing copper-zinc-gold-silver massive sulphide deposits in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake VMS Belt of Manitoba. The Company's VMS project property portfolio consists of the Reed Lake Project, Copper Project, McClarty Lake Project, Sails Lake Project, Puella Bay Project and Morton Lake Project. Outside of the Snow Lake camp, the Company holds massive sulphide prospective properties near the past producing Fox Lake and Ruttan copper-zinc mines, near the communities of Lynn Lake and Leaf Rapids in northern Manitoba. These properties are located in the mining friendly province of Manitoba, Canada. The Company also has optioned three properties in the Sudbury mining camp. They are Terra Incognita, Golden Pine and Black Creek.

Forward Looking Statement

Some of the statements contained herein may be forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and resources, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of the Company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks. The following are important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: changes in the world wide price of mineral commodities, general market conditions, risks inherent in mineral exploration, risks associated with development, construction and mining operations, the uncertainty of future profitability and the uncertainty of access to additional capital. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events may differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. VMS Ventures Inc. undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.


John Roozendaal, President

VMS Ventures Inc.

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