Well, for the tasks listed, I think a good solid medium-heavy revolver might be a better choice. Factory-stock centerfire autos, while they might excel for specific tasks, fall short in some areas, such as use of low-powered ammunition for less-expensive practice or training new shooters. They are also limited by their more basic sighting systems (drift-adjustable windage, often no elevation adjustment at all), although that could be upgraded if the "rules" allowed it.
My specific choice would be a six-inch barreled Ruger GP-100 in stainless steel. Fully adjustable sights, weather-resistant construction, able to use ammo as varied as .38 Special target loads, full-powered heavy-bullet .357 Magnum hunting ammo, the VERY effective .357 Mag 125 grain JHP for home/personal defense, and even the little .38 Special plastic-capsule shotshells for pest elimination and blackpowder blanks for hunting dog training.
If you thought you might ever want to carry it concealed (with a proper permit, of course), then reduce the recommended barrel length on the above weapon to four inches, and plan on practicing a bit more to offset the shorter sight radius' effects on your target shooting and hunting skills.