I'm looking for is a dog to be my family's buddy and retrieve the ducks I shoot...........I am most likely getting a lab.
Good choice. The best program will be the one that allows you to be a teacher. Low pressure, Amish, force based, e-collar all seem to work better for those that focus on teaching. The driving issue will often be "Who can I get to help me with this pup?" That is kind of a loaded question, but there seems to be a lot more experienced retriever trainers that are not Amish.
The first puppy comes in all warm and fuzzy which makes force programs contrary to the initial reaction of "my little fur ball". They change.....you may, too. However, it will not be anyone's decision, but yours.
Opinions on the Internet are often less personal. I've attended a few AKC puppy classes where no one was using an e-collar and/or intending to do FF. A lot can be learned by watching others train/play as they work on early OB. Check out those classes and visit a hunt club. See "stuff" in action with real people doing "their thing". You will find the first 4-6 months will give you time to get a better focus and become more comfortable with how you need to train.