Hmmmmm ... don't know about the rest of the R.M. Northwest, but the amount of TICKS this year is staggering (in Northern Idaho). Used to be I didn't even worry about ticks at elev less than 2500 ft ... but now even on very short forays above 2500 ft - I'm coming back with sometimes a dozen or more. Some of the ticks I find during, some on the walk out, drive home, some at home, then some undressing, ... a few more while I sit down to read or write, and several more as I am dozing off to sleep, or am awaken by their ... Perhaps lighter / warmer winters have allowed their populations to expand and explode - or maybe it's just a `normal' cycle.
They are becoming my near constant companions (since I am trying to get out almost every day). I may or may not come back with game from any particular trip - but I do seem to come back with a little community of these little critters. My wife is far less fond of them.