Hunting & Heritage  |  10/06/2020

Podcast Ep. 87: Ruben Mata on Volunteering and Starring in a new Project Upland Film

Host Bob St. Pierre and Quail Forever Journal Editor Chad Love head west to chat with Ruben Mata, vice president of the Ventura California Chapter of Quail Forever. Mata and his son are featured in the new Project Upland film “This Exists” about valley quail hunting and passing on hunting traditions. 

Episode Highlights:
  • Ruben’s connection to Quail Forever began with a completely random 5a.m. meeting with QF chapter volunteers and an impromptu valley quail hunt together.  After that serendipitous day and the conversations had along the way, Ruben researched Quail Forever and quickly became a chapter volunteer.
  • Ruben talks about the popularity of hunting within southern California’s Latino community and provides advice for how Quail Forever “can make more Ruben’s.” 
  • The trio also talk about the mythical 100-bird valley quail covey flush. Ruben says you can feel the “rumble” of that flush! 
Check out Ruben in Project Upland’s film “This Exists – A California Quail Hunting Video