Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

September 10, 2008 08:30 ET

Strongbow Discovers Ni-Cu Mineralization at Nickel Lake, Saskatchewan; Updates Snowbird Nickel Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2008) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to provide an update on exploration activities at its wholly owned Snowbird Nickel project in northern Saskatchewan and southern Northwest Territories. Highlight results from the 2008 program include:

- A new zone of nickel-copper sulphide mineralization has been discovered in the Nickel Lake area, northern Saskatchewan where drill hole NL08-01 has returned 0.80 m grading 1.89% Ni, 0.96% Cu and 0.111% Co;

- Exploration drilling at Dumas Lake, SK has confirmed the presence of Ni-Cu sulphide mineralization including 0.55 m grading 0.81% Ni, 0.47% Cu, and 0.039% Co in drill hole DS08-03;

- The discovery of several mineralized mafic to ultramafic intrusions in the Heel area, SK.

Ken Armstrong, President and CEO of Strongbow, stated, "Nickel Lake is located only 35 km north of the community of Stony Rapids, and this new discovery brings the Company closer to its goal of identifying nickel-copper sulphide deposits close to transportation infrastructure in northern Saskatchewan as a compliment to ongoing exploration work at the Nickel King project located approximately 100 km to the northeast of Nickel Lake. The Nickel Lake discovery also confirms Strongbow's exploration thesis that the Snowbird Tectonic Zone represents a significant underexplored geologic area within Canada that has the potential to host multiple magmatic nickel sulphide deposits. The identification of a number of previously unrecognized mafic to ultramafic intrusions, some of which are mineralized, in the Heel, Reeve Lake, Five Mile and Opescal Lake areas, provides further evidence that additional discoveries are possible with continued, careful exploration work."

During July 2008, Strongbow completed a six hole (774 m) drilling program in the Nickel Lake and Dumas Lake areas, approximately 30 to 40 km north of Stony Rapids. At Nickel Lake, drill hole NL08-01 (102 m) tested a 600 m long electromagnetic/magnetic anomaly located beneath overburden adjacent to and along strike from several highly strained norite intrusions. NL08-01, drilled to the south at a minus 45 degree angle, encountered a 0.80 m zone of semi-massive sulphides grading 1.89% Ni, 0.96% Cu and 0.111% Co starting at 80.15 m downhole. Mineralization is hosted by an interpreted paragneiss unit, although further geochemical and petrographic work is planned to determine if these rocks compare to mafic intrusions mapped elsewhere in the area. Mineralization encountered in NL08-01 is not interpreted to represent the down dip extension of mineralized norite intrusions (grab samples returning from background values to 0.45% Ni) mapped approximately 150 m south of, and 270 m along strike to the east of the drill hole. Additional modelling of available geophysical data is underway to determine if this surface mineralization may represent an untested, sub parallel drill target.

Approximately 10 km to the east of Nickel Lake, five drill holes tested a series of geophysical targets over a five kilometre strike length in the Dumas Lake area. Three of the drill holes encountered nickel sulphide mineralization associated with a steep to moderately north northwest dipping norite intrusive that has been discontinuously mapped through the area. Drill hole DS08-01 was drilled at an angle of -80 degrees along a 130 degree azimuth and remained in norite from the collar to the end of the hole at 249 m. Disseminated sulphide mineralization was encountered over a 25 metre section grading 0.15% Ni starting at 6.0 m downhole. Drill hole DS08-02 was collared approximately 900 m to the west of DS08-01 and drilled at an angle of minus 85 degrees to the north, returning a 12.0 m interval grading 0.19% Ni, 0.12% Cu and 0.010% Co starting at 14.5 m downhole. Drill hole DS08-03 was collared approximately 1,300 m southwest of DS08-02 and returned the most significant mineralization from the Dumas Lake area including a 4.55 m interval returning 0.27% Ni, 0.20% Cu and 0.012% Co starting at 36.0 m downhole. The bottom of this interval includes a 0.55 m section of 10-15% disseminated sulphides grading 0.81% Ni, 0.47% Cu, and 0.039% Co. The remaining two holes (DS08-04 and -05) tested two targets at the western end of the Dumas Lake area and did not encounter significant mineralization. As with the Nickel Lake target, additional geophysical modelling is also planned in order to refine the Dumas Lake exploration targets.

Outside of the drilling program, regional exploration work on the Snowbird project consisted of bedrock mapping, prospecting and geochemical surveys of selected targets with the primary goal being the follow-up of results from detailed airborne geophysical (VTEM) surveys completed earlier this spring. This work resulted in the identification of new occurrences of mafic and ultramafic intrusive rocks in the Heel area, approximately 70 km northeast of Stony Rapids. The Heel target area covers a series of prospective coincident electromagnetic and magnetic geophysical anomalies with associated anomalous lake sediment geochemical results. A series of norite, gabbro and pyroxenite intrusions have now been mapped in this area, some of which contain 1-3% disseminated sulphide mineralization and have locally returned anomalous nickel values. In particular, initial sampling of the Dash, Laura and Island showings has returned from background values up to 0.15% Ni, 0.46% Ni and 0.10% Ni respectively. Each of these showings is located adjacent to priority geophysical targets and modelling is underway to determine if the geophysical anomalies could represent the subsurface expression of mineralization identified at these showings. In addition to the Heel area, new occurrences of mafic and ultramafic intrusions have also been identified in the Opescal Lake, Reeve Lake, and Five Mile areas during the 2008 program.

Strongbow maintains a 100% interest in approximately 900,000 acres of mineral claims and permits along a 240 km strike length of the southern SBTZ. Current exploration of the Snowbird and Nickel King projects is part of Strongbow's ongoing evaluation of the nickel-copper-PGE potential of the SBTZ. The SBTZ is a major crustal scale structure and represents an underexplored region of Canada that is prospective for magmatic sulphide nickel deposits. Strongbow's 2008 exploration programs are conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo. (BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

All samples from the 2008 drilling programs are split with one half of the core submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories of Vancouver, BC for analysis. Each sample is weighed, dried and crushed to better than 70% passing a 2 mm screen. A split of up to 250g is taken and pulverized to better than 95% passing a 100 micron (150 mesh) screen. The prepared sample is subjected to an aqua regia digestion and the resulting solution is analyzed by inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Samples that return nickel results greater than 5,000 ppm are automatically re-analyzed using a larger sample size and laboratory inserted ore grade standards to provide optimum precision and accuracy. Strongbow conducts an internal quality assurance/quality control program, with the regular insertion of standard, blank and field duplicate samples into the sample stream.


Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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