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April 15, 2002______________________________________

DRILL PROGRAM TO COMMENCE

Eugene Beukman, President of Bard Ventures Ltd. ("Bard") is pleased to announce it will be mobilizing a drill to the Otish 3 and adjoining Otish 4 properties to drill test four magnetic anomalies identified from the recently completed airborne magnetic survey. The selected anomalies are strong contrast circular features that may represent kimberlite pipes. Interpretation by an experienced geophysicist diamond has concurred with the high caliber of these anomalies. Drilling is to be conducted by Chibougamau Diamond Drilling who have extensive experience in diamond exploration in the Otish Mountains region of northern Quebec. The drill program is anticipated to take two weeks to complete. Results will be reported when received.

The Otish 3 and Otish 4 properties are located immediately east of claims acquired by the Ashton/Soquem joint venture and five kilometers east of the Tichégami River property where Pure Gold Minerals is presently drilling. The Renard kimberlite cluster, which continues to be developed by Ashton Mining, is located to the northwest of the Bard properties, while BHP Billiton is currently drilling on the Portage property 30 kilometres to the northwest.

Geoffrey Goodall, P.Geo., a director of the company is responsible for the design and supervision of the work program.

On behalf of:
Bard Ventures Ltd.

"Eugene Beukman"

Eugene Beukman
President