West Kirkland Commences Drilling on Long Canyon Trend

Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:00am EDT

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  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Jul 31 (MARKET WIRE) --
West Kirkland Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WKM) ("West Kirkland," or the
"Company") is pleased to announce the commencement of drilling on its
Long Canyon Trend properties located in Elko County, Nevada.
Approximately 2,500 meters of initial drilling will be completed by
September on the 12 Mile and Toano showings. The drilling will test new
gold mineralization found at surface that is associated with the key
stratigraphic contacts of the Long Canyon Trend.

    Six drill pads have now been built on the 12 Mile showing. Targets at 12
Mile were developed by mapping and sampling by the Company. Gold
mineralization has been noted to occur in the same stratigraphic position
as the TUG deposit, located 10 kilometers to the east. Mineralization has
been noted in one drill pad where samples returned an average grade of
0.33 g/t Au and 1.00 g/t Ag over approximately 29.0 meters (for further
details see the Company's July 3, 2012 news release).

    At Toano the Company's drilling will test targets with a similar
geological setting to the nearby 2.2 million ounce Long Canyon gold
deposit. 3,460 soil samples on the property outlined an eight kilometer
long, gold and associated pathfinder anomaly combined with rock samples
including 1.0 to 3.6 g/t Au values at surface. Roads and drill pads will
be constructed into the Toano showing while drilling is being carried out
at 12 Mile. The Company intends to then mobilize a second rig to the
Toano property.

    Michael G. Allen, Vice President of Exploration of West Kirkland, said,
"Drilling at 12 Mile is an exciting opportunity to collar holes in gold
mineralization and test new targets that have not previously been
drilled. Our baseline work on more than 160 square kilometers has
confirmed that the belt has potential for structurally controlled gold at
surface. The drilling at Toano represents an opportunity to test for
mineralization in structures similar to those that host Newmont's Long
Canyon deposit located in the next range to the west. Both the 12 Mile
and Toano targets have the potential to host significant shallow oxide
gold resources similar to the TUG deposit and Newmont's Long Canyon
deposit."

    Details

    The Company plans to drill approximately 1,500 meters at 12 Mile during
the first phase of drilling and approximately 1,000 meters at Toano. The
targets for initial drilling at 12 Mile are steeply dipping structures
cutting the Guilmette formation, which is the host for the nearby TUG
deposit. Highly elevated levels of gold and pathfinder elements noted in
surface samples suggest that the exposure at surface may be the upper
part of a gold mineralizing system.

    At Toano, the drill target is a pull-apart structure similar to
structures that host the nearby Long Canyon deposit. Detailed mapping has
identified a structural corridor with northeast trending structures and
jasperoids with elevated gold as well as pathfinder elements in soils.

    The 12 Mile and Toano showings are part of the land package under option
from Rubicon Minerals whereby the Company controls the dominant land
position in the northerly portion of the Long Canyon Trend. The Rubicon
agreement covers over 950 square kilometers and gives the Company an
option to earn a 60% interest in the mineral rights at 12 Mile and a 51%
interest in the mineral rights at Toano. Through its option agreement
with Fronteer Gold (now owned by Newmont) the Company controls another 74
square kilometers in the Long Canyon Trend.

    Corporate Update and Focus

    The use of proceeds for the recently closed financing for gross proceeds
of $1.69 million will be focused on Nevada exploration and general
corporate purposes. Newmont confirmed in its July 20, 2012 news release
that the company has acquired 9.9% of West Kirkland Mining Inc. through
participation in this financing and their previous holdings.

    West Kirkland's focus is to add to its resource base near the TUG gold
deposit and within the Long Canyon Trend through regional exploration for
near surface gold deposits. The structural model for gold deposits in the
Long Canyon Trend has become better understood since the recent discovery
of the large scale Long Canyon deposit, resulting in accelerated
exploration in the area. The Long Canyon deposit was acquired by Newmont
as part of the acquisition of Fronteer Gold. The Long Canyon Trend is
delineated by the Long Canyon deposit in the southwest and the TUG
deposit 65 kilometers to the northeast. West Kirkland has the dominant
land position between these two deposits.

    Data, Verification, Quality Control and Assurance

    Michael G. Allen, Vice President of Exploration for West Kirkland, and a
qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the
technical information in this news release other than the inferred
mineral resource estimate, including but not limited to the plans of the
Company. He is the non-independent qualified person for the purpose of
this news release.

    About West Kirkland

    West Kirkland was formed in 2010 to focus on gold exploration along major
trends in North America. The Company has consolidated significant mineral
rights positions in the Kirkland Lake area of Ontario and within major
gold trends of northeastern Nevada - two of North America's premier gold
jurisdictions. The founders and Board of West Kirkland have successful
gold discovery, development and mine operations experience in both
Ontario and Nevada over the past 40 years.

    For further information, please see the Company's website at
www.wkmining.com or contact us by email at info@wkmining.com.

    Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information

    This press release contains forward-looking information within the
meaning of Canadian securities laws. Such information includes, without
limitation, information regarding proposed exploration activities.
Although the Company believes that such information is reasonable, it can
give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Forward-looking information is typically identified by words such as:
believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar
expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future
events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking
information provided by the Company is not a guarantee of future results
or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those
in forward looking information as a result of various factors, including,
but not limited to, the state of the financial markets for the Company's
equity securities, the state of the market for gold or other minerals
that may be produced generally, recent market volatility; variations in
the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be
located, the Company's ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents
or authorizations required for its activities, to raise the necessary
capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and
other risks associated with the exploration and development of mineral
properties. The reader is referred to the Company's public filings for a
more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects
which may be accessed through the Company's profile on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com.

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contacts:
West Kirkland Mining Inc.
R. Michael Jones
(604) 685-8311

West Kirkland Mining Inc.
Michael Allen
(604) 685-8311

West Kirkland Mining Inc.
Knox Henderson
(604) 685-8311
(604) 484-4710 (FAX)
info@wkmining.com
www.wkmining.com

Sequoia Partners
James Beesley
(778) 389-7715
james@sequoiapartners.ca

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