TORONTO, Jan. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Honey Badger Exploration Inc. (TSX-V:TUF) (“Honey Badger” or the “Company”) has staked additional land positions in Thunder Bay. The Mink and Silver Mountain properties are located in the historic Thunder Bay Silver District and include the past-producing silver-bearing veins of the Silver Mountain group of mines. The properties are ideally located close to roads, power lines, infrastructure, and skilled labour force (Figure 1).

About the Mink and Silver Mountain Properties
The properties, comprised of 2 claim blocks, are located within a prospective and under-explored silver, cobalt, zinc, lead and gold district. Polymetallic silver deposits occur in two main districts in Ontario; that of Timiskaming near the town of Cobalt (the Cobalt Silver District) and that of northwest Lake Superior near the city of Thunder Bay (the Thunder Bay Silver District).

The first Ontarian silver discoveries were made in the Thunder Bay Silver District, as early as the 1840s, and were actively mined through the later part of the 19th century (Szetu, 1981). Because of falling silver prices in the late 1800s and because attention was diverted to the Cobalt Silver District, silver mining in Thunder Bay eventually ceased (Oja, 1966). However, the historic Silver Islet, Silver Mountain and Rabbit Mountain group of mines, exploited late in the 19th century, are indicative of the potential for silver, cobalt, zinc, lead and gold in the District.

The geological setting of the Mink and Silver Mountain properties make them a prime target for high-grade polymetallic silver mineral exploration (Figure 1). Both properties include veins from the Mainland Vein Group, which extends from Iron Range Lake to Thunder Bay (Franklin et al., 1986). Some of the silver veins of the Mainland Group include cobaltite (CoAsS), suggesting that the veins of the region are prospective to host cobalt-rich silver mineralization similar to those of the Cobalt District (Table 1).

Additional parallels exist between the Thunder Bay and Cobalt Districts’ polymetallic silver mineralization. Both formed in a sedimentary sequence capping Archean rocks and both have a spatial association with diabase sills emplaced in an extensional setting (Potter, 2009). 

Honey Badger’s Silver Mountain property is approximately 50 metres south of the Silver Mountain Group of deposits which produced 700,000 oz of silver from 1888-1903 and in 1911 (Franklin et al., 1986). The Silver Mountain Group was also mined for stucco dressing in 1924 (Franklin et al., 1986). The veins in Silver Mountain were up to 1,500 m in strike length, trending east-west (Franklin et al., 1986). The historical Mink and Silver Wolverine mines also fall within Honey Badger’s Mink property claims. Little is known about these historical mines and their historical silver production and grade.

Table 1. Mainland Group Silver Deposit Minerals (Franklin et al., 1986)

SulphidesSulphantimonidesSulpharsenidesNative MetalsOthers
Sphalerite   Flourite
Galena   Barite

Qualified Person
Q. Yarie, P.Geo., is the qualified person in regard to the technical data contained within this news release and has approved the scientific and technical content of this news release.

About Honey Badger Exploration Inc.
Honey Badger Exploration is a gold and base-metals exploration company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with properties in Quebec and Ontario. The Company's common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “TUF”.

On December 20, 2017, Honey Badger announced that it had entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Cairngorm Mines Limited regarding an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Beaver Silver Property, also located in the historical Thunder Bay Silver District. The Beaver Silver property covers some of the most productive silver-bearing veins of the Rabbit Mountain group of deposits including the past-producing high-grade Beaver Silver Mine (Franklin et al., 1986).

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