Target Exploration & Mining Corp.
TSX VENTURE : TEM

Target Exploration & Mining Corp.

July 17, 2008 09:15 ET

Target Intersects Uranium Mineralization Outside of Historic Resource on Bootheel Property

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2008) -

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TARGET EXPLORATION AND MINING CORP. (TSX VENTURE:TEM) (the "Company") is pleased to announce further results from the ongoing drill program on the Bootheel Property in southern Wyoming. Several of the latest holes have extended the area of mineralization 400 feet along a northeast trend beyond the historic resource area and are highlighted by:



- 0.036% eU3O8 (1) over 46.0 feet in hole 36-3013
- 0.024% eU3O8 (1) over 10.0 feet in hole 36-3014


Drilling within the existing historic resource area continues to intersect mineralized intervals as expected. Recent results include the following:



- 0.046% eU3O8 (1) over 6.5 feet in hole 36-3001


"It is encouraging to see uranium mineralization in holes outside the historic resource area," says Stewart Wallis, President of the Company. "Not only are we drilling holes that appear to confirm the historical grades and thicknesses, but these new holes show that the uranium mineralization is more extensive than previously thought."

The Company has now completed 13,248 feet of drilling in 26 holes, which includes 640 feet of coring in nine holes. Samples of the core will be sent to ALS Chemex for chemical assays and to Hazen Research Inc. for metallurgical testing. The planned program consists of 50,000 feet of drilling in 80 to 90 holes with the primary goal of confirming historical drill results and bringing the historic resources into National Instrument 43-101 compliance. Investors should note that the holes are not necessarily drilled in numerical order.

Probe highlights of all completed holes, including the exploration holes along with maps and sections showing the areas of drilling, can be found on the Company website at: http://www.target-mining.com/s/ShirleyBasin.asp.

(1) These grades are reported as equivalent uranium (eU3O8) as determined by downhole radiometric logging equipment. The logging is being carried out by an independent contractor, Century Geophysical Corp. of Tulsa, Oklahoma using an S-3000 probe calibrated at the U.S. Department of Energy test facility in Casper Wyoming on June 3, 2008. Core samples from the mineralized zones in the twinned holes will be assayed by standard chemical analysis at an independent registered laboratory. This will allow the determination of the equilibrium status of the uranium in the samples, and thus refine future resource estimates. A comparison of the historical chemical assays and gamma logs concluded that the historical results are likely to be a reliable guide to the mineralization (Technical Report July 8, 2007, filed on SEDAR). Previous operators reported that based on six core holes, the eU3O8 values were 99.8 % of the chemical assays. Based on current knowledge, the mineralized intersections are considered to represent true widths.

The Bootheel Property, together with the Buck Point Property, covers 10,500 acres within the Shirley Basin in southern Wyoming and makes up The Bootheel Project, LLC. The Company and Ur-Energy Inc., through a wholly owned subsidiary, are the members of The Bootheel Project, LLC. The Company is currently earning a 75% interest in the Project.

About Target

Target is a growing exploration and development company with uranium projects in the US and gold/copper projects in Canada. Its flagship property in the Shirley Basin, Wyoming is a venture LLC with Ur-Energy, Inc. and hosts a significant historical uranium resource. The Company is comprised of a team of professionals with a strong track record of working together to create shareholder value through the identification and advancement of uranium and mineral exploration projects.

Stewart Wallis, P.Geo., President of the Company and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information contained in this news release.

For more information on the Company and its properties, please visit the website at www.target-mining.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Mark J Morabito, Chief Executive Officer

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