How To Program A Hunter Pro C

I’ve always been fascinated with programming and automation, so when I recently had the opportunity to program a Hunter Pro C irrigation controller, I was thrilled. The Hunter Pro C is a powerful and versatile controller that allows you to schedule and control irrigation for your lawn or garden. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of programming a Hunter Pro C from start to finish, sharing my personal insights and tips along the way.

Getting Started

The first step in programming the Hunter Pro C is to familiarize yourself with the controller’s interface. The Pro C has a user-friendly LCD screen that displays all the necessary information for programming and controlling your irrigation system. Take a moment to navigate through the different menu options and get a feel for how the controller works.

Next, you’ll want to gather all the necessary information for programming your irrigation schedule. This includes details such as the type of plants in your garden, their water requirements, and the local weather conditions. Having this information on hand will help you create a tailored irrigation schedule that meets the needs of your plants while conserving water.

Creating Zones

The Hunter Pro C allows you to divide your irrigation system into multiple zones, each with its own set of watering requirements. This is particularly useful if you have different types of plants with varying water needs. To create zones, navigate to the “Zones” menu option on the controller and follow the prompts to set up each zone.

When setting up a zone, you’ll need to enter details such as the zone number, type of irrigation (e.g., sprinklers or drippers), and the duration and frequency of watering. Take the time to input accurate information for each zone to ensure that your irrigation system operates efficiently.

Programming Schedule

With your zones set up, it’s time to program the irrigation schedule. The Hunter Pro C allows you to create multiple programs, each with its own start times and watering durations. You can also set specific days for watering and customize the schedule based on weather conditions.

Start by selecting the “Programs” menu option on the controller. From there, you can create a new program and configure the watering start times and durations for each zone. Take into account factors such as plant water requirements, soil type, and weather patterns to optimize the schedule for your garden’s needs.

Advanced Features

The Hunter Pro C offers several advanced features that can further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your irrigation system.

One such feature is the “Cycle and Soak” functionality, which allows you to break up watering cycles into shorter durations with breaks in between. This helps prevent runoff and ensures that water is effectively absorbed by the soil. Experiment with different cycle and soak settings to find the ideal configuration for your garden.

Another useful feature is the “Seasonal Adjustment” option, which automatically adjusts the watering schedule based on changing weather conditions. This feature takes into account factors such as temperature, precipitation, and evapotranspiration rates to ensure that your plants receive the right amount of water throughout the year.


Programming a Hunter Pro C irrigation controller may seem daunting at first, but with a little patience and attention to detail, it becomes a straightforward process. By taking advantage of the controller’s advanced features and customizing the schedule to match your garden’s needs, you can ensure that your plants receive the optimal amount of water while conserving this valuable resource.

Remember, programming an irrigation system requires ongoing monitoring and adjustment. Keep an eye on your plants’ health and make necessary changes to the schedule as needed. With time and experience, you’ll become a pro at programming the Hunter Pro C and reaping the benefits of a lush and thriving garden.