February 8, 2011
Crosshair Exploration & Mining Corp. (NYSE Amex: CXZ) (TSX: CXX) ("Crosshair") is pleased to provide an update on the Central Mineral Belt Joint Venture ("CMB JV") Uranium Project in central Labrador, Canada. The CMB JV Project is a joint venture with Silver Spruce Resources (TSX.V: SSE), whereby Crosshair retains a 63% ownership and Silver Spruce 37%.
During the summers of 2009 and 2010, geological mapping, prospecting and sampling programs were conducted to evaluate priority targets generated from airborne geophysical and ground geochemical surveys. Several new uranium showings were discovered and these will be followed up during the 2011 summer drilling and trenching program.
Two of the new targets, South Brook and Running Man, were found on the CMB-JL Property, which is located directly to the west of the Jacques Lake Deposit, recently purchased by Paladin Energy from Aurora Energy / Fronteer Development Group. Forty Six (46) samples from the South Brook Showing gave results ranging from 0.03% to 0.46% U3O8, averaging 0.11%. The showing is outlined by anomalous float and bedrock occurrences for approximately 3.5 kilometres (km). The Running Man Showing is located approximately 5.5 km southeast of the South Brook Showing and consists of a 2 km long, linear airborne radiometric anomaly where 21 samples gave values from 0.03% to 0.28% U3O8. Both of these targets require significant follow-up exploration.
The Big Bear Showing is located on the CMB-NE Property, approximately 20 km northeast of CMB-JL. The showing, in a 1.25 km long corridor of anomalous bedrock radioactivity, is hosted in altered granitic rocks and gave results ranging from 0.02% to 0.1% U3O8, averaging 0.06%.
The planned 2011 summer exploration program on the Joint Venture Properties will consist of prospecting / sampling, trenching and drilling on the three new targets and the Two Time Zone on the CMB-NW property which has an NI 43-101 indicated uranium resource of 2.33 million pounds (1.82 million tonnes grading 0.058% U3O8) and an additional inferred uranium resource of 3.73 million pounds (3.16 million tonnes grading 0.053% U3O8). The Two Time zone remains open along strike and to depth.
Additional information on the CMB JV Project, including a location map, can be found on the Crosshair website at:http://www.crosshairexploration.com/s/CMBJointVenture.asp and in the Technical Report on the CMBNW Property, Labrador, Canada prepared for Crosshair and Silver Spruce dated June 22, 2009 and filed on SEDAR atwww.sedar.com.
Stewart Wallis, P.Geo. President and CEO of Crosshair and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information contained in this news release.
Rock sample analyses were carried out at the Activation Laboratories (Actlabs) facility in Ancaster, Ontario after sample preparation at the Actlabs preparation facility in Goose Bay. Uranium and other elements were analyzed by multi-element ICP and delayed neutron counting (DNC) for uranium.
Crosshair is a prominent player in the exploration and development of uranium, vanadium and gold in the US and Canada. Its flagship projects, Bootheel and Juniper Ridge, are both located in uranium mining friendly Wyoming. Bootheel has exceeded the minimum mining threshold and with its in-situ mining potential, is designed for near term production. The CMB Uranium/Vanadium Project is located in Labrador, Canada and has four currently defined resources - C Zone, Area 1, Armstrong and Two Time Zone. The Crosshair team is comprised of knowledgeable and experienced professionals with both exploration and mining backgrounds.
For more information on Crosshair and its properties, please visit the website at www.crosshairexploration.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE CROSSHAIR BOARD
"Mark J. Morabito"
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