News Release

 January 13, 2005
Crowflight And Falconbridge Initiate 15,000 Metre Exploration Program In The Thompson Nickel Belt

  Press Release: 2-2005

CROWFLIGHT MINERALS INC. (TSX Venture Exchange: CML) announces the start of the major Winter 2005 drill program at the Bucko Lake Deposit and the surrounding exploration claims, including the Bowden Lake Property. The drilling will focus on outlining new higher grade Nickel, Copper and Platinum Group Elements (PGE's), as well as on obtaining metallurgical samples at the Bucko deposit. Refer to the Crowflight Corporate Presentation at for the location of the Winter 2005 drill targets.

Four diamond drills were mobilized to the site and are currently active and plans for the mobilization of a fifth drill are in progress:

  • Two drills are presently drilling at the Bucko Deposit to collect roughly 350 kilograms of samples for metallurgical test work. The core will be assayed for base metals and PGE's. The Bucko Deposit has existing Indicated Resources of 1.218 million tonnes at 2.71% Nickel, based on an earlier 43-101 report completed by GEOLOGICA (refer to the Press Release dated October 13, 2004) and a Scoping Study completed by Micon International (refer to the Press Release dated October 28, 2004). Crowflight expects to put the Bucko Deposit into production by 2007, subject to a positive feasibility study, currently in progress.

  • One drill is currently active at the M11A mineralized zone (or M11A Deposit), where historical resources (pre 43-101) of 1.65 million tonnes at 0.99% Nickel has been identified. A 43-101 Report by GEOLOGICA Groupe-Conseil, is also been completed on M11A.

  • One drill will begin testing the Bucko Deposit North Extension (or North Limb Ultramafic).

  • A fifth drill will start working at the Bowden Lake mineralized zone (or Bowden Deposit), where historical resource (pre 43-101) of 88 million tonnes grading 0.63% Nickel has been identified. Crowflight has commissioned a 43-101 report on Bowden by Alain-Jean Beauregard (P. Geo.) and Daniel Gaudreault (P. Eng.), both of GEOLOGICA Groupe-Conseil, independent Qualified Persons under NI 43-101 standards.

A total of 15,000 metres is planned at this time for the Bucko-Bowden corridor. Most of the drilling will be focussed on outlining higher grade Nickel lenses at the Bowden and M11A Deposits, due north of the Bucko Deposit where Crowflight is completing a Feasibility Study. As well, drilling will investigate the north extension of the Bucko Deposit where new geophysical results suggest the continuation of the ultramafic that hosts Bucko in areas poorly tested by previous drilling.

  • The Bowden Lake Deposit, up to 150 metres wide by 900 metres long, is hosted in one of the largest mineralized ultramafic bodies in the Thompson Nickel Belt. This ultramafic body is 3.5 km long by almost 1 km wide. The M11A Deposit is also hosted in a narrow ultramafic unit that can be traced for more than 4 kilometres, of which less than 2.5 kilometres has been drilled tested. Both ultramafics have been drilled by widely spaced holes, up to 225 metres between drill holes in some areas. The Bucko North Extension target plans to extend the Bucko Deposit along the contiguous, but poorly tested, northern limb ultramafic. This ultramafic unit is of similar dimensions and configuration to the Bucko Deposit ultramafic.

  • The Bowden Lake, M11A and Bucko North Extension areas are attractive targets as they are linked by a nickel-bearing ultramafic system. This is similar to INCO's Birchtree Deposit, a 25 million tonne orebody grading 2% Nickel, located 100 kilometres to the north in Thompson, that is also linked by an ultramafic body.

Crowflight's partner in the Thompson Nickel Belt, Falconbridge Ltd., is currently completing a series of deep Electromagnetic geophysics (UTEM surveys) to identify massive sulphide lenses in the Bucko-Bowden corridor that will help in outlining additional massive sulphide drill targets for this winter's drill campaign. The higher tonnage and grade Nickel lenses, linked to ultramafics in the Thompson Nickel Belt, are usually found within massive sulphides surrounded by disseminated sulphide haloes.

Crowflight - The Base Metal Builder

Crowflight is a Canadian junior mining exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange focused on Nickel, Copper and Platinum Group Minerals exploration in the Thompson Nickel Belt and Sudbury Basin. The company currently owns and/or has under option more than 672 km2 in Manitoba and Ontario. This includes the Bucko Deposit in Thompson, where the Company is conducting a feasibility study, and ten highly prospective properties in a partnership with Falconbridge - four around Bucko (Bowden Lake, Resting Lake, Halfway Lake and Gonlin Lake), and six located 100 kilometers to the north on the TNB Thompson North Project (Burntwood River, Birchtree South, Birchtree North, Airport, Moak Lake and Strong Lake).

The Company also has several advanced projects in Sudbury, which include the AER Kidd Project adjacent to Inco's Totten Deposit (10.1 million tonnes @ 1.5% Ni, 2% Cu, 4.8 g/t PGE's), Airport Property (a 50/50 joint venture with Millstream Mines Ltd.) located 4 km on-strike with Falconbridge's Nickel Rim South Deposit (13.2 million tonnes @ 3.5% Cu, 1.7% Ni, 0.8 g/t Au, 4.1 g/t PGE's), Mystery Offset Dyke Option and Peter's Roost. Further information is available on the Company's web site at

Statements in this release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual developments or results may vary materially from those in these "forward-looking statements.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


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