February 24, 2009 08:45 ET

Strongbow Identifies Copper-Gold Porphyry Target in Central British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2009) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Inza copper-gold porphyry prospect within the prolific Quesnel Trough in central British Columbia. The 7,260 ha property is road accessible, located 54 km north northwest of Fort St. James. Previous work in this area by Rio Algom in 1990 identified three broad multi-element soil geochemical anomalies coincident with a regional magnetic anomaly. The soil anomalies range in approximate size from 800 m by 800 m to 2,000 m by 2,000 m. At the time of this work, the area had not been logged and access was by helicopter. In September 2008, Strongbow conducted a brief field evaluation, resulting in the collection of four rock samples from an altered biotite-feldpsar porphyry identified along a logging road that crosses one of the Rio Algom soil anomalies. All four samples returned anomalous metal values, including 136 ppm to 9,450 ppm copper, background to 798 ppb gold and 34 ppm to 711 ppm molybdenum. This subcropping intrusive rock coincides with the western edge of a subtle magnetic low within the larger magnetic anomaly, potentially indicative of magnetite destruction relating to silica and/or potassic alteration that is often associated with porphyry-style deposits. Follow up mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveys are planned for 2009.

Strongbow has acquired 5,845 ha of the Inza property directly by staking and will gain clear title and ownership of the remaining 1,415 ha through two recently completed claim purchase agreements. Under the terms of the first agreement, Strongbow will acquire a 100% interest in three mineral claims (claim numbers 580141, 580143 and 580279) by issuing Kelly Funk 125,000 common shares of Strongbow. Under the second agreement Strongbow will issue 125,000 common shares to John Bot to acquire ownership of an additional two mineral claims (claim numbers 580125 and 580126). Closing of both agreements is subject to approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Samples collected during the 2008 field evaluation were submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver, BC for 36-element ICP-MS aqua regia (1DX) analysis. Strongbow's 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.


Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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