If you are not experienced with collars forget it. Everything you would use an e-collar for you will have to conventionally train him on first.
If you have someone who is experienced and can help you with the collar that is great.
I have been training all my life. I live in South Dakota and we seem to run across a pheasant or two every now and then.
You want to teach your dog to quarter, stay in range, intro to the gun, collar conditioning if you choose to use one, hold, FF, and obedience.
What I would worry about first is getting that young dog on birds and birds and more birds. Just take him out in the field and let him explore. Dummies are great but the last time I checked there wasn't a season on dummies yet.
Once you make a young dog bird crazy you can make a lot of mistakes in his training and still come out of it with a good bird dog.
I would advise getting some pigeons. I never use roosters for breaking young dogs in on birds. They can spur a young dog and just like becoming gun shy, your favorite gun dog just became your favorite house pet.
Once you get that pup bird crazy and he is actually starting to run out of range put a 30+ foot check cord on him. Let him pull it through the weeds. It will both slow him down a bit and make it easier for you to catch him if you need to. This is how you will start to teach him the boundaries of the range you want him at.
Remember, you shouldn't train with an e-collar. You need to conventionally train your dog on each command first so he realizes what he is being corrected for. You also need to collar condition him prior to just going and using the collar in the field. Big mistake if you don't do this. You could get lucky and not have a problem, but why chance it?
This is also a good time to teach the pup to start switching directions. I teach them to switch both on the whistle and Hupp. I realize you will probably want to teach him hand signals as well but a simple hupp and he quarters the opposite direction is a lot easier then giving him left and right casts all afternoon. You don't want to make hunting like work.
when you want the pup to change directions, simply give your command, snap the check cord and walk the other direction. You will be amazed how quick they pick this up.
There are dozens of other steps but you will figure it out as you go or if you need help ask someone.
The secret in making a great bird dog is simply getting him on as many birds as possible.