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April 16, 2002______________________________________

BARD ACQUIRES ADDITIONAL CLAIMS: OTISH MOUNTAINS REGION, QUEBEC

Eugene Beukman, President of Bard Ventures Ltd. ("Bard") is pleased to announce that Bard has acquired, through staking, a 100% interest in an additional 132 claims totaling approximately 15,750 acres in the Otish Mountains region of Quebec. The property descriptions are as follows:

- 42 mineral cells totaling approximately 2218 hectares in Otish 7. This property is five km east of the Otish 3-4 property, where drilling is planned to commence soon;
- 45 mineral cells totaling approximately 2371.5 hectares in Otish 8. This property is located south of the BHP Billiton/Majescor Portage property;
- 45 mineral cells totaling approximately 2358 hectares in Otish 9. This property is located immediately south of the area that BHP Billiton is currently drilling.

The Otish Mountains has continued to be a focus of investor interest as a result of additional kimberlite discoveries recently announced by the Ashton/Soquem joint venture in the Renard/Portage area. Ongoing drilling by BHP on Majescor joint venture in the Portage area north of the Tichégami River property and other exploration programs conducted by several companies in the Beaver Lake/Mistassini area are also indicative of the high level of prospectivity in these two areas. It is thought that these areas could potentially host a cluster of kimberlites associated with the diamondiferous Renard and Beaver Lake kimberlites.

Bard now has more than 70,000 acres under title in the Otish Mountains Region of Quebec.

On behalf of:
Bard Ventures Ltd.

(signed) "Eugene Beukman"

Eugene Beukman
President