Hunter was born in North Carolina and picked up his first fly rod at the age of 9. Growing up in a diverse fishing state, Hunter had the opportunity to fish saltwater, cold water trout streams, and bass lakes throughout his childhood. During college Hunter started his guiding career in Western North Carolina chasing smallmouth bass and trout. Today Hunter resides in Basalt, Colorado with his wife (Rachel) and son (Luke). Hunter manages Frying Pan Anglers and guides year round on the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, and Colorado River.