For what it's worth, here's a quote from Hetfield concerning his views on hunting, circa 2009:
"Nowadays it doesnít feel necessary, killing things just to kill them. Iím not against hunting, but it doesnít seem as necessary as going 150 miles an hour in my car now." [laughs]
He was big into hunting in the past, but not so much anymore. It's a non-issue, blown out of all proportion...