Recruited from Claremont, WA, where he played 99 games between 1975 and 1980, he was known for his courage, sustaining three broken jaws within two years.
Coming to Carlton in 1981, he had a near perfect induction into the VFL, with the Blues winning the premiership, and being voted club best and fairest playing mainly as a half back flanker.
Quickly becoming a fan favourite with his high leaping ability and determination, he had another stellar season in 1982, with the Blues winning back to back flags.
1983 saw Hunter showing his versatility, playing more on-ball and in the forward line and ended up leading the Carlton goalkicking for the season. He also won the Mark of the Year that season, with a mark taken running into a pack with the flight of the ball, further reflective Hunter's reputation for courageous play. In Round 11 of 1984 he kicked eight goals against Footscray and in 1988 he kicked six goals from just eight kicks against the Brisbane Bears.
In 1987, Hunter won a third premiership as a club veteran and vice-captain, playing under captain Stephen Kernahan.
Post football he was a board member for the Carlton Football Club serving under presidents John Elliott (1993–2002) and Ian Collins (2002–2006).