Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

March 22, 2006 17:03 ET

Strongbow Exploration Inc.: Drilling Underway at Skoonka Creek, British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2006) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) and Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX:AMM) are pleased to report that drilling has recommenced on the Skoonka Creek gold property in southwestern British Columbia. Approximately 2000 metres of drilling are planned to follow up on the encouraging results returned from October 2005 drilling of the JJ prospect, which successfully traced a gold bearing low sulphidation epithermal vein system over a strike length of 350 m and to a maximum depth of 50 metres. The first holes of the current program are intended to test down dip of drill hole SC-008, which returned a highlight gold grade of 20.2 g/t gold over 12.8 metres (Strongbow News Release #06-03, January 23, 2006).

Coincident with the drilling program, ground geophysical surveys are planned to test a number of soil geochemical anomalies that have been identified to the northeast of the JJ prospect. Final orientation of the ground geophysical surveys are being determined with the aid of recently received data from a January 2006 helicopter borne magnetic/electromagnetic survey of the northwestern portion of the property. Results of these ground geophysical surveys will be used to identify priority target areas for subsequent exploration drilling. The current drilling and ground geophysical surveys are part of a tentative $1.2 million exploration program planned for the Skoonka Creek property during 2006.

The Skoonka Creek property is located within the emerging Spences Bridge Gold belt, approximately 3 hours by car east of the city of Vancouver. Under the terms of a June 2005 option agreement with Almaden, Strongbow is working to earn up to a 60% interest in the property by incurring $4 million in exploration expenditures and making certain share issuances over a 6 year period. Exploration of Strongbow's gold exploration properties is conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo.(BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101.


Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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