Strongbow Exploration Inc.
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Strongbow Exploration Inc.

April 30, 2008 08:55 ET

Strongbow Expands Nickel-Copper Mineralization at Nickel King

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to provide an update on exploration drilling at its 100% owned Nickel King property in southern Northwest Territories. Two drills are currently at the property with eleven holes (2989 m) completed to date. All of the holes have been drilled from the lake ice along a 1,000 m strike length of the southwestern portion of the Main Zone. The Main Zone nickel-copper-cobalt sulphide prospect has been traced over a strike length in excess of 2,200 m with mineralization hosted by two stacked, south dipping, norite sills (the 'Lower Sill' and the 'Upper Sill'). Assay results from the first four drill holes of the 2008 program are reported in this release. Highlights include:

- Drill hole NK08-22 intersected the Lower Sill over a 100 m interval including 9.95 m grading 0.97% Ni, 0.26% Cu and 0.043% Co within a broad 44.0 m zone averaging 0.64% Ni. This represents the highest grade intercept reported from the Lower Sill outside of the historic Main Zone resource;

- The entire 50 m Upper Sill interval intersected by NK08-22 was mineralized, including 9.44 m grading 0.83% Ni, 0.26% Cu and 0.067% Co;

- Mineralization previously identified in the southwestern portion of the Main Zone, including historic drill hole AN-95-11 (12.0 m grading 1.08% Ni, 0.26% Cu and 0.073% Co), has been reinterpreted to represent the down plunge extension of the Upper Sill;

- Drill holes NK08-23 (7.80 m grading 0.92% Ni, 0.23% Cu and 0.057% Co and 13.5 m grading 0.85% Ni, 024% Cu and 0.051% Co) and NK08-22 straddle AN-95-11 over a 400 m strike length and highlight the potential to define significant, near surface, mineralized zones in the Upper Sill;

- Drill hole NK08-23 has extended the strike length of the Lower Sill 350 m further to the southwest than previously recognized.

Ken Armstrong, President and CEO of Strongbow stated "Drilling on the Nickel King property has continued to confirm important grades and thicknesses of nickel sulphide mineralization within the upper and lower norite sills at the Main Zone. The two mineralized sills overlie each other, effectively representing two distinct deposits that can be tested by each drill hole. A second drill was mobilized to site in mid April in an effort to allow for more rapid definition of the Main Zone and to test additional exploration targets located outside of the Main Zone. Drilling will continue through the spring break up period."

Previous drilling of the Main Zone has been conducted on widely spaced (125-200 m) centers. The purpose of the 2008 drilling program is to establish continuity of previously defined mineralization along the full strike extent of the Main Zone as well as to test a number of bore hole geophysical anomalies defined in 2007. The early part of the program focused primarily on the southwestern portion of the Main Zone which has now been traced for at least 700 m to the southwest of the historic, non 43-101 compliant Main Zone resource. The historic resource, calculated in the late 1980's and based on drilling completed by Inco in the 1950's, is estimated at 15.04 million tons grading 0.45% Ni and 0.12% Cu at a cut off of 0.1% Ni, including 4.9 million tons grading 0.72% Ni and 0.19% Cu at a cut off of 0.5% Ni. Approximately 90% of this historic resource is attributed to mineralization in the Lower Sill. This historic estimate is not current and does not meet NI 43-101 or CIM definition standards. This historic resource has not been reviewed or verified by a qualified person on behalf of Strongbow and is provided herein for information purposes only and should not be relied upon.

Mr. Armstrong continued "The new results from drill holes NK08-22 and NK08-23, as well as historic hole AN95-11, indicate that important mineralization in the Upper Sill has now been traced over a minimum strike length of 400 m, highlighting the previously unrecognized potential of the Upper Sill to host significant near surface mineralization. Assays are pending for six additional drill holes which could double the strike length of this mineralized horizon and potentially connect it with Upper Sill mineralization that was included in the historic Main Zone resource."



Highlight drill results from the 2008 drilling of the Upper Sill are
reported in the following table:


DDH Angle Az. From To Length Ni Cu Co Target
(m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (%)
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NK08-20 -85 350 51.40 63.40 12.00 0.26 0.05 0.007 MZ Upper
Sill
93.80 102.80 9.00 0.40 0.09 0.018 MZ Upper
Sill
Including 96.80 98.80 2.00 1.10 0.30 0.048 MZ Upper
Sill
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NK08-21 -85 350 40.50 54.90 14.40 0.19 0.04 0.007 MZ Upper
Sill
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NK08-22 -85 324 63.00 113.48 50.48 0.37 0.09 0.020 MZ Upper
Sill
Including 63.65 73.09 9.44 0.83 0.26 0.067 MZ Upper
Sill
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NK08-23 -85 324 91.00 154.70 63.70 0.48 0.13 0.029 MZ Upper
Sill
Including 92.80 100.60 7.80 0.92 0.23 0.057 MZ Upper
Sill
And Including 111.70 125.20 13.50 0.85 0.24 0.051 MZ Upper
Sill
Including 119.70 125.20 5.50 1.06 0.29 0.065 MZ Upper
Sill
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Highlight drill results from the 2008 drilling of the Lower Sill are
reported in the following table:

DDH Angle Az. From To Length Ni Cu Co Target
(m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (%)
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NK08-20 -85 350 170.72 179.15 8.43 0.14 0.03 0.009 MZ Lower
Sill
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NK08-21 -85 350 203.90 249.25 45.35 0.46 0.11 0.015 MZ Lower
Sill
Including 205.70 209.20 3.50 0.78 0.18 0.026 MZ Lower
Sill
And Including 229.80 240.30 10.50 0.61 0.15 0.021 MZ Lower
Sill
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NK08-22 -85 324 231.00 275.00 44.00 0.64 0.16 0.026 MZ Lower
Sill
Including 235.00 244.95 9.95 0.97 0.26 0.043 MZ Lower
Sill
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NK08-23 -85 324 257.10 266.10 9.00 0.33 0.08 0.012 MZ Lower
Sill
277.40 282.40 5.00 0.30 0.07 0.012 MZ Lower
Sill
318.70 323.70 5.00 0.52 0.12 0.018 MZ Lower
Sill
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Drill hole NK08-20 was a 20 m step out to the south (down dip) of NK07-11 which returned 14.15 m grading 0.85% Ni within the Lower Sill. Significant off hole geophysical responses have been defined within the Lower Sill, both up dip towards hole NK07-11 and down dip towards an interpreted fold closure. This latter target will be tested from land later in the 2008 program.

Drill hole NK08-21 was a 20 m northwest (up dip) step out from NK07-03 which returned 17.05 m grading 0.53% Ni in the Lower Sill. A broad 45.35 m zone grading 0.46% Ni was intersected in the Lower Sill and a borehole geophysical anomaly has been defined to the east of this intercept that will be targeted by a drill hole scheduled to start within the next week.

Drill hole NK08-22, collared approximately 150 m southwest of the historic Main Zone resource, is an approximate 20 m step out up dip (northwest) of NK07-04 which returned 42 m grading 0.34% Ni in the Upper Sill and 25.79 m grading 0.53 % Ni in the Lower Sill. NK08-22 intersected the Upper Sill over 50.48 m starting at 63 m down hole. The entire interval is mineralized, returning 50.48 m grading 0.37% Ni including 9.44 m grading 0.83% Ni, 0.26% Cu and 0.057% Co. The Lower Sill was encountered over 103.38 m starting at 210.6 m down hole. Mineralization within the Lower Sill starts at 231 m and averaged 0.64% Ni over 44.0 m including 9.95 m grading 0.97% Ni, 0.26% Cu and 0.043% Co. This latter interval represents the most significant drill intercept reported from the Lower Sill outside of the historic Main Zone resource.

Drill hole NK08-23 targeted a borehole geophysical response centred between, and approximately 25 m from, drill holes NK07-05 and NK07-07 and approximately 50 m along strike to the southwest of drill hole AN95-11. A significant mineralized zone was encountered at the target depth including 63.7 m grading 0.48% Ni, 0.13% Cu and 0.029% Co. Although no target had been defined below this depth, the hole was continued in an effort to test for the presence of the Lower Sill in this area. The Lower Sill norite was intersected starting at 256.05 m down hole and the drill hole was terminated in norite at 363.7 m. Several intervals of modest nickel mineralization were encountered including 5.0 m grading 0.52% Ni. The importance of this hole has been to extend the known strike extent of the Lower Sill 350 m further to the southwest than previously recognized and to confirm that the mineralized norite sill encountered higher in the drill hole represents the southwestern down plunge extension of the Upper Sill.

The current drilling program will continue through the spring break up period with both drills leaving the ice to complete additional in fill drilling of the Main Zone, including step out drilling from highlight hole NK07-12 which returned 32.88 m grading 1.02% Ni. One of the drills will also be used to test a number of exploration targets located outside of the Main Zone.

A summary of assay results received to date for the 2008 drilling program at Nickel King, as well as a schematic long section and plan view map of the Main Zone will be posted on the Company's website at www.strongbowexploration.com.

Current exploration of the Nickel King project is part of Strongbow's ongoing evaluation of the nickel-copper-PGE potential of the Snowbird Tectonic Zone (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 maintains a 100% interest in approximately 900,000 acres of mineral claims and permits along a 240 km strike length of the southern SBTZ. 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 program 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 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.

STRONGBOW EXPLORATION INC.

Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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