what I would do to protect the company from a low-ball buyout offer....reinforce the opinion that the resource requires a minimum 5 million oz size for it to be economical and thus worthy of being taken seriously (and taken over) by a major (especially if one has a strong sense from their conceptual  deposit model that drilling off another two million ounces will be relatively straightforward)...merely delay the drilling of those areas until such time that the macroeconomic situation has changed and the speculative money once again enters the market...esentially flying under the radar ...