Nova's and Super Novas are becoming the pump gun of choice for practical shooting. They are very reliable and easier to load fast than the Remingtons or Winchesters. They might be a better gun for Alaska's wet weather.
Ive been playing with one for a little while to see if I like it better than my trusty 870. Its definitely easier to load, but the jury is still out on everything else. FWIW someone had to try really hard to make a shotgun that ugly.