Strongbow Exploration Inc.
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Strongbow Exploration Inc.

January 04, 2007 11:41 ET

Strongbow Identifies Six Target Areas at Nickel King, NWT

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 4, 2007) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to announce that a recently completed airborne geophysical survey of its 100% owned Nickel King project has identified six electromagnetic ("EM") targets having a cumulative strike length of at least 8,000 m.

Project highlights include:

- A 2,000 m strike length EM anomaly coincides with i) the 800 m long Main Zone nickel sulphide prospect, and ii) nickel sulphide mineralization located 400 m to the southwest of the Main Zone;

- The survey has defined five additional EM anomalies having similar characteristics to the Main Zone anomaly;

- Two of the targets (Joe Island and Koona) coincide with known mineralized mafic-ultramafic intrusions;

- The remaining three anomalies represent new target areas not identified by previous workers;

- Preliminary interpretations suggest the EM anomalies represent shallow dipping conductors, rather than steeply dipping sheets. It is therefore possible that historic drilling using angled drill holes may have missed the targeted mineralization;

- Planning is in progress for a spring and summer exploration drilling program intended to better define nickel mineralization in the Main Zone and to test the five additional newly defined target areas.

Strongbow has recently received the final map products for an 800 line kilometre airborne time-domain electromagnetic (MegaTEM) survey commissioned in September, 2006 (please see Strongbow news release #06-18; September 22, 2006). The survey was flown to provide optimal coverage of the arcuate mafic-ultramafic sill known to host mineralization in the Main Zone. Previous drilling of the Main Zone by Inco and Aber Resources traced nickel sulphide mineralization over an 800 m strike length including highlight intervals of 13.7 m grading 1.21% Ni and 0.36% Cu and 16.4 m grading 0.85% Ni and 0.19% Cu. The purpose of the 2006 survey was to outline coincident magnetic/electromagnetic anomalies associated with nickel sulphide mineralization.

A review of the final maps indicates that six target areas have been defined, with the EM anomalies having a combined total strike length in excess of 8,000 m. The primary target on the property is a 2,000 m long EM anomaly that coincides with known nickel sulphide mineralization within the 800 m long Main Zone as well as mineralization (highlighted by drill hole AN-95-08 returning 12.0 m grading 1.08% Ni, 0.25% Cu and 0.073% Co) encountered 400 m to the southwest. Two secondary targets identified by the airborne survey, the 400 m long Koona anomaly and the 600 m long Joe Island anomaly, coincide with mineralized mafic-ultramafic intrusives. The remaining three anomalous areas can each be traced for at least 1,200 m and represent new exploration targets.

Preliminary interpretations of the survey data indicate that most of the EM anomalies have shallow dips (less than 30 degrees). Previous drilling (5,776 m in 31 drill holes) has been completed almost entirely using angled drill holes designed to test a steeply dipping target and could therefore have potentially missed more flat lying mineralized zones. For example, the Koona and Joe Island targets were both previously tested by two angled drill holes, encountering weak nickel sulphide mineralization. However, the current survey results indicate that the strongest parts of both anomalies have not been properly tested. Final interpretation of the survey data is currently underway and will include 3-D modelling of the conductive responses. Results of this modelling are expected by the end of January, 2007, in advance of a spring drilling program.

About the Nickel King Project

Strongbow's 100% owned Nickel King project is located in southern Northwest Territories, approximately 30 km north of the Saskatchewan border and 145 km northeast of Stony Rapids, SK. The property is located within the Snowbird Tectonic Zone ("SBTZ"), a 2,800 km long crustal scale structure that transects the Canadian Shield from the Rocky Mountains to Hudson Bay. The SBTZ hosts many mafic-ultramafic intrusions and numerous nickel sulphide showings of which Nickel King is the most significant.

Strongbow's 2007 exploration programs are conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo. (BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101.

STRONGBOW EXPLORATION INC.

Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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