Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

April 16, 2009 09:00 ET

Strongbow Initiates Metallurgical Study of Nickel King

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) is pleased to announce it has commissioned a metallurgical study of the Main Zone nickel-copper-cobalt deposit at its wholly owned Nickel King project, Northwest Territories. The program is being carried out at SGS Mineral Services in Lakefield, Ontario under the independent supervision of Mr. Andy Holloway (P.Eng.) of DRA Americas. PEG Mining Consultants have been contracted to manage the program and additional guidance will be provided by Dr. Wm. Gord Bacon (P.Eng.), an independent consulting metallurgical engineer. Final results of the metallurgical study are expected by July 2009 and will provide Strongbow with initial metallurgical criteria including estimates of grindability, metal recovery and concentrate grade.

A recently filed National Instrument 43-101 technical report identified this metallurgical study as a critical next step in advancing the Nickel King project. The technical report was completed by PEG Mining Consultants Inc. and has been filed in support of the first independent NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate for the Main Zone deposit at Nickel King. At the 0.2% Ni cut-off base case, the NI 43-101 compliant geological resource model yielded 11.1 Mt grading at 0.40% Ni, 0.10% Cu and 0.018% Co containing 97.7 Mlb of Ni, 23.5 Mlb of Cu and 4.4 Mlb of Co in the indicated category. The total Inferred Resource is 33.1 Mt grading at 0.36% Ni, 0.09% Cu and 0.017% Co containing 262.4 Mlb of Ni, 63.9 Mlb of Cu and 12.3 Mlb of Co. This mineral resource has an effective date of February 25, 2009 and was first reported by Strongbow in news release #09-03, issued the same day. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. This mineral resource estimate includes inferred resources that are normally considered too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is also no certainty that the inferred mineral resource will be converted to the measured and indicated mineral resource categories through further drilling, or into a mineral reserve once economic considerations are applied.

The author of the NI 43-101 technical report is Mr. Pierre Desautels (P.Geo.) of PEG Mining Consultants Inc. Mr. Desautels is the Independent Qualified Person responsible for the resource estimate and has reviewed this news release. Details relating to the resource estimate, including data verification and exploration information for the Nickel King project are included in the NI 43-101 compliant technical report, which is titled 'Technical Report for the Nickel King, Main Zone Deposit, Northwest Territories' and dated April 10, 2009 as filed on SEDAR.

The Nickel King project is part of Strongbow's ongoing exploration 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 110,000 hectares of mineral claims, leases and permits along a 240 km strike length of the southern SBTZ. Outside of Nickel King, a number of priority exploration targets have been identified, primarily located in Saskatchewan. 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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