The term hunter weapon or hunter loot jokingly refers to the idea that nearly any weapon in the game that seems remotely useful to a hunter is a "hunter weapon", particularly melee weapons that are better suited for warriors or rogues.
For much of WoW's history, hunters shared gear with many other classes and benefited from many different stats, making their itemization more complicated than for other classes. Prior to patch 5.0.4, several classes—including hunters—carried both a ranged and melee weapon at the same time, with hunters being able to dual wield daggers, axes, and swords as well as equip two-handed swords, polearms, axes, and staves as "stat sticks". They gained ranged attack power from both strength and agility, and some abilities such as used mana and benefited from intellect and spell power.
This led to some hunter players laying claim to a wide variety of weapons as "hunter weapons", which quickly escalated to calling any weapon or even non-weapons "hunter weapon" as sarcasm. With the simplification of stats in patch 4.0.1 and the changes to the class in 5.0.4, which removed the ability for hunters to equip a melee weapon in addition to their ranged weapon, the need for conflict over melee weapons was removed. While Survival hunters were changed to use melee weapons in patch 7.0.3, changes to how primary stats work and the various loot systems in place means that "hunter weapon" loot debates are now unlikely to occur.
- Hunter loot was mentioned in the April Fools' Day patch 1.11.0 Evil Patch Notes: "A simple check mechanic has been implemented which will prevent Hunters from rolling on items that are more optimal for another class in the party, when using the group loot system."
- Hunter loot is referenced by one of Rexxar's click quotes in Heroes of the Storm: "Just to be clear, all the loot we get from this is mine! I need it for... um... hunter reasons!"
- It's also referenced in the Needy Hunter Hearthstone card.