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Adverse possession comes into play when a person occupies another person's land without permission. That person may eventually become the owner.
The statutory rules governing adverse possession are codified in Sections 16.021 through 16.034 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code. Section 16.021 defines adverse possession as the "actual and visible appropriation of real property, commenced and continued under a claim of right that is inconsistent with and is hostile to the claim of another person." The adverse possessor must enter the land without consent (adversely) and stay openly, obviously and continuously in peaceable possession for a given number of years. Erecting a fence would be a open and hostile possession to the land.
In Texas, four time periods govern adverse possession. Under the three-year statute, the intruder must enter the land either under title or color of title as defined by the statute. Color of title refers to a claim based on a land right, land warrant, land scrip or an irregular chain of title "that does not want of intrinsic fairness or honesty." This is a claim that you can make if your previous survey indicated that the land was yours.
Under the five-year statute, the owner must file suit to recover the property before an intruder:
cultivates, uses or enjoys the property; pays the property taxes for five consecutive years before they become delinquent; and claims the property under a duly registered warranty deed.
Sec. 16.025. ADVERSE POSSESSION: FIVE-YEAR LIMITATIONS PERIOD. (a) A person must bring suit not later than five years after the day the cause of action accrues to recover real property held in peaceable and adverse possession by another who:
(1) cultivates, uses, or enjoys the property;
(2) pays applicable taxes on the property; and
(3) claims the property under a duly registered deed.
(b) This section does not apply to a claim based on a forged deed or a deed executed under a forged power of attorney.
This would be the statute you are referring to.
Under the ten year statute pursuant to Section 16.026, the adverse possessor simply cultivates uses or enjoys the property for ten continuous years. If the land is enclosed, the person may claim all the enclosed acreage that is adversely and peaceably possessed.
So it starts from the time the person takes over possession of the property, not just paying taxes. So if they have been using the property for 5 years, and paying the taxes, they could file a "quiet title" lawsuit and try to prove this under the adverse possession laws.
Also if potential adverse possesr claims to be owner and issues hunting license is that fraud
If the person later can't provide the services that they sold the licenses under, then the licensee could sue for breach of contract and potentially fraud if the person knew that they didn't' have a legitimate claim.