A good dog is a great packpacking/fishing companion. My lab helps spot rise rings and will retrieve a trout if I let him.
IEnjoy your pup.
i wish i could bring mine during season as well but he does get to come along most times when im not packing a rifle...Man I would love to take my lab in the backcountry. The problem here in oregon is you can't "Hunt" with your dog so what do you do with them while your out hunting?
I read a recommendation to buy the glow stick necklaces from the dollar store so you can watch your dog at night easily.