Bgold, by force broke, I'm guessing that you mean force fetch.? I don't know why there would be any corrolation between FF and using and ecollar for basic obedience. Just like to hear your reasoning behind that.
Webfoot, I was thinking about your situation last night and today, and really, your problem started before your dog did not come to you. Your problem really began when the dog went to retrieve your dad's bird. This is a lack of steadiness. Teach the dog to sit, and not to move until released. If you are not using an ecollar on him, then use a stake to tie him down to so he can't run across a field.
I used an ecollar on my older shorthair for all her basic obedience stuff, once she fully understood what they meant and when I thought she was mature enough. I did not go through FF with her until she was about 1.5 years.
I'm interested in hearing the reasoning behind Bgold's method, because I have honestly never heard that.
"Because a duck is just a 3 pound critter"