> That leaves Alaska where toting a rifle that size through muskeg and "hippy-heads" and alder jungles is ....not going to be much fun.
Toting any rifle through alder jungles is not much fun IMO!
Hippy-heads? I know what you mean but we called them something different. Pulled a groin muscle walking over a field of them once. Snow was just deep enough where you couldn't make out where they were. You'd be on top of one then then next step you'd wouldn't be. Try that w/o snowshoes while carrying a pack... better yet... don't!