Matt Hays is a prisoner who sold whiskey to Indians on government land. In the Rawhide episode Incident of the Tumbleweed Marshal Wilt Jackson and Deputy Art Gray bring him and some other prisoners to Fort Gregg for trial. A task dealt with by trail boss Gil Favor and his ramrod Rowdy Yates when the Deputy gets killed and the Marshal gets seriously injured as the prisoners try to escape.

Hays is portrayed by Maurice Manson.