Okay, ladies. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, or perhaps, we should say in the woods. You know. That one issue we all have…peeing while hunting. I think we can all agree that this is one area where men definitely have it made. Such a simple and natural function really isn’t that simple at all, especially when hunting from a tree stand.
So, what’s a lady to do about it? I mean, you can’t exactly pull your pants down and squat from your tree stand. Yeah, that works when you’re in a ground blind or just out in the woods somewhere. But what do you do when you’re 20 feet in the air on a tiny platform with no ability to move around? I know what you’re thinking…maybe one of those fancy schmancy female urinary devices (FUDs).
Alright, well maybe they’re not so fancy, but they still sound like the perfect solution. I decided to give one a try, and let’s just say I was not impressed! I chose the Go Girl urinary device, not for any particular reason other than it was the one I had seen advertised the most.
After trying it, I can honestly say the only thing I liked about the Go Girl was the nice, neat tube-style packaging. It is small, discreet and easy to throw into your hunting pack or even a large pocket. My Go Girl came in 2 pieces, the original funnel and an extender tube for directing the urinary flow away from the body. It’s everything you could ever need for peeing while standing up, right? I mean, short of being a man anyway.
The Go Girl comes with very simple instructions for use and cleaning. It seems like the perfect little device until you try to use it. Just attach the extender tube to the funnel, then hold the funnel in place as directed on the packaging. Direct the tube away from your body and away from the wind and pee. Easy as pie.
Okay, hold on there. Have you actually ever made a pie? I mean completely from scratch, crust and all. Not so easy. It takes some work. And, so does the Go Girl. No, not actual work. I guess what I’m saying is that it is really awkward. First of all, you still have to pull your pants down at least part of the way, unless you’re wearing some really roomy shorts, which is highly unlikely if you’re deer hunting. Then you have to hold this flimsy silicone device in place while trying to pee in it. Keep in mind that you can only use one hand to try to hold it properly, because the other hand will be directing the flow.
The device is a very soft medical grade silicone, which helps with the ability to store it in such a small tube. In other words, it is super collapsible. That feature makes it difficult to hold in place with one hand. According to the Go Girl website, step 1 is practice. Apparently, this will eventually lead to being able to use the FUD successfully. I’m just going to say after a handful of times of leaking all over yourself while trying to pee like a man, you will probably do the same thing I did and pitch the Go Girl in the trash.
As for cleanup, Go Girl recommends cleaning with liquid soap and water. If you do not have water available, they recommend just shaking it off and allowing to dry before placing back into the container, and then washing as soon as possible. So, yeah, cleanup is pretty easy. No complaints there.
Now, keep in mind that Go Girl is not the only FUD on the market. This is just the only one I have tried. I honestly felt a bit discouraged after using the Go Girl and have had no desire to try any other brands. Though, after reading several reviews, I may go ahead and give the whole FUD thing another try. If you have used the Go Girl or another brand, I would love to hear your review. As for me, the Go Girl gets maybe 2 stars out of 5. I definitely would not recommend this product to anyone.