President Jimmy Carter breaks his hip on the way to a turkey hunt

Former President Jimmy Carter has broken his hip on the way to a turkey hunt. 

Carter, 94, had to undergo surgery after he fell at his home in Plains, Georgia on Monday morning. 

But it seems the serious injury was far from the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s mind. 

Instead, Carter revealed that his ‘main concern’ was that turkey season was ending this week and ‘he has not reached his limit’. 

‘He hopes the state of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year,’ a statement from his office read.  

Georgia residents are allow to hunt three ‘gobblers per season’, according to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division. 

Carter’s office said he is now ‘recovering comfortably’ from surgery at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. 

‘His surgeon stated that the surgery was successful,’ it added. 

Rosalynn Carter, Carter’s wife for nearly 73 years, is by his side. 

The accident comes just a month after Carter went hunting with Tyler Jordan, who features on the show Realtree Outdoors with his father Bill on the Outdoor Channel. 

Jordan posted a photo of him and Jimmy with a turkey, smiling wide and dressed in head-to-toe camouflage. 

’94 years old and bustin’ beaks!’ Jordan wrote in the caption. ‘An unforgettable morning in the woods with President Carter at Realtree Farms.’  

Carter, the oldest living US president, had previously gone hunting with Jordan and his father in 2017. 

The former peanut farmer has long been passionate about hunting and fishing, saying that he has used hunting weapons since he was ‘big enough to carry one’.

In a 2009 op-ed in the New York Times, Carter revealed he owned ‘two handguns, four shotguns, and three rifles, two with scopes’. 

‘I used them carefully, for hunting game from our family woods and fields, and occasionally hunting with my family and friends in other places,’ he wrote.  

‘We cherish the right to own a gun and some of my hunting companions like to collect rare weapons. One of them is a superb craftsman who makes muzzle-loading rifles, one of which I displayed for four years in my private White House office.’ 

But Carter noted that he and his hunting companions still support a ban on assault weapons, as well as background checks, mandatory registration, and waiting periods. 

‘Many of us who hunt are dismayed by some of the more extreme policies of the National Rifle Association,’ he added.  

Carter has written about his love for hunting in the past, including in the book ‘Outdoor Journal: Adventures and Reflections’. 

He was inducted into the Georgia Hunting and Fishing Hall of Fame in 2016, a year after he beat melanoma skin cancer that had spread to his liver and brain.  

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