Keep checking this forum as it will get busier as the season approaches, there are places to hunt in your area but it will require some looking and asking around.
The DHC dog forum is a great place to get advice and info on retriever training.
As far as loads for your gun, I recommend not skimping on the price (really does make a difference) and make sure you pattern your gun to see which performs best. If your not familiar with the different shotgun loads available, do some research on the DHC shotshell forum.
Good Luck this season
"the other Mike" :salude: